Playing Hooky in the Garden

I played hooky this afternoon to be in the garden, although I’m not sure it qualifies as hooky when you get your boss’ approval! The forecast calls for rain all weekend, and I knew if I didn’t get to Jody’s garden today, the weeds would be waist-high by next week. Under warm spring skies, I hoped that last weekend’s downpour had time to be absorbed. I was not disappointed!

The soil was still moist, but workable. With the exception of finishing the heavy clay section, the going was good. Halfway through I heard the sound of a power motor headed my way.  Riding to the rescue, Jody was on the mower making quick work of the long grasses that had grown up in the paths after the rains. I don’t know where she gets the energy after a full day of tending to dogs and Homeward Bound administrative requirements. Tired as I was, the sight of fresh-cut, manicured paths motivated me to keep going.

The cleared paths brought out the beauty of the iris and daffodil beds, currently in full bloom. Big blocks of color, against a country backdrop.

A few minutes later, Jody joined me in the garden, planting homeless irises. Just like the dogs rescued by Homeward Bound, she was finding a home for these discarded rhizomes. While the planting time is not ideal, they will no doubt bloom into something beautiful with a little time and attention. Just like the dogs rescued at Homeward Bound.

Irrigation is on its way, with the contractor just waiting for some dry weather to get the work scheduled. As soon as it is done, I have no doubt that truckloads of plants will be delivered and planted by our dedicated volunteers.  Jody shared that a fountain is planned at the entrance, and new chairs for resting dog walkers and their charges are ordered. The most amazing piece planned will be a giant metal tree, from which will hang the tags of dogs that have been adopted and remembered.

When I looked up, the sun was gone, the sky was getting dark, and the afternoon had become evening. I still have about six feet to go on Jody’s bed, but that will have to wait until after the rains.  I’ll play catch-up on job-work this weekend, but it is worth it to have a great afternoon in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden!

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

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