Unexpected Delights in the Garden

Today’s trip to the Memorial Garden at Homeward Bound was purposeful. The task at hand was moving crape myrtle trees from the perennial bed to more fitting homes. While every garden is blessed to have trees, nine crape myrtles in one bed is a little too much of a good thing! I feel good (and tired!) for accomplishing the task, but as usual, the greatest delights are the unexpected things you find in the garden.


Thanks to recent rain and warm temperatures, bulbs are pushing up everywhere…and I encountered my first snake! Welcome to country gardening. We were warned!

This guy looks like he had a pretty recent meal, and he was about as happy to see me as I was to see him!


Volunteer and Dog

Tasha with Summit


But the biggest delight of all was meeting Tasha and Summit. Tasha is one of Homeward Bound’s amazing volunteers. She specializes in working with the older goldens, and today, she was accompanied by Summit, a beautiful 10-year old boy who arrived just a day ago from a shelter in Fresno.  He was surprisingly calm and attentive, considering all the upheavel he has experienced recently. Surely Summit never expected to find himself here at this point in his life. He is lucky to be at Homeward Bound, where their mission is to rescue and heal displaced, homeless and abandoned Golden Retrievers and Golden/Lab mixes no matter what their age or health. I imagine that Summit gave someone many years of love and loyalty. With his big heart and desire to please, I also imagine he will be an unexpected delight for someone looking for a gentle and generous friend. I hope that they find each other very soon.


  1. Laure

    OMG! I’m not too scared of snakes but that one might have had me running! Welcome to the garden zoo! I LOVE the photo of Tasha and Summit. You really captured the warmth between the two. I hope Summit can find a warm, loving home, too.

    • ogeestrategies

      My sister, a botanist for the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, assures me that there are no “bad” snakes near our garden. Then again, my sister wields a chain saw. 🙂

  2. Maria Sargent

    My college son who was moving the playground bark over the weekend said he saw a snake in the garden. He was surprised, but was glad he hadn’t run over it with the wheel barrel. I guess they are very common at HB.

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