What the Garden Attracts

You know the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden is getting better by the sheer volume of visitors we are getting now – two legged and four.

Vonnie and Randy were out early to tend to their Butterfly bed. Vonnie has a new rule which is my favorite: “Come out to do your garden, and work on two others as well.” After weeding and dead-heading their bed, they weeded the Tree Circles and part of Jody’s bed.

We have seen many white butterflies, but few of color or spectacular display. Bemoaning their absence, Vonnie and Randy installed two solar cousins along with the ornament that already graced the garden.

The additions apparently established a welcoming tone – attracting the real thing later in the day.

Pat joined us early as well. She is a dog-walker volunteer who took a shine to our project, and graciously offered to help out. After a walk-through, she graciously weeded Sue’s Grandma’s Garden bed.

Maria arrived mid-morning with a long to-do list. Top priority was leveling some of the settled stones, and planting more of the Elfin Thyme.

What awaited in her Sunflower bed was a grand surprise; a gigantic sunflower measuring a foot across!

A family was getting acquainted with Raffy as a possible adoption. I’ll need to update you later on the status, but they certainly looked good together!

Peggy and Steve came to work on their Iris Bed, installing a scarecrow, and a string of fun dog toys. We hope the scarecrow will send a message to the finches. If the dog toys disappear, I don’t think we’ll be able to blame the rabbits!

In keeping with Vonnie’s new rule, they pitched in on multiple projects; dead-heading the roses, pulling crab grass from the Willow Garden, more weeding of Jody’s bed, and help with the stones and thyme planting. Being a guy, clippers and trowels were not enough for Steve, who quickly wielded an ax on some troublesome roots. When we last left him, he was using the ax to weed. It’s a guy thing.

We had more four-legged visitors than I can remember or had a chance to write down. Mosh and Marie (read their story here)…

Judy with Cisco…

And these Golden beauties:

Trishkin was our last visitor. He is a Sanctuary dog – which means that due to his health issues, he will have a forever home at Homeward Bound. Such a sweetie.

It’s been a long time since we had so many hands at one time in the garden – not to mention paws. We got so much done, that I was actually able to spend time in the Perennial and Hummingbird beds for a change.

There is an old Spanish proverb which says: “More in a garden grows than what the gardener sows.” That was certainly true at the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden today.

Thanks to everyone for pitched in or stopped by. It’s great to see you in the Gardens.

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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.

9 thoughts on “What the Garden Attracts”

  1. One word: WOW. So much beauty and metamorphosis captured in one day, in this post. Your quotation is apt.
    My gratitude to Pat. I hope to be there this weekend sometime for gardening and dog walking and training. Coming up for air between my schedule and human and canine puppies. Both are …um, active… and doing well. I’d swear they have about 35 limbs between them! Brock is his usual diplomatic, dignified, tolerant self. Cooper only tore the stuffing out of Brock’s bed-for-a-Golden-king once today. Knows “get your bone!” Though I love and keep Cooper under my wing, too, Brock will always be “my” dog.

    Thanks to all for holding down the Garden. It is quickly becoming the sanctuary’s heart.

    1. Glad to hear there is a tiny light at the end of your busy tunnel! We’ll see you when you’re ready 🙂 Until then, all is well!

  2. What a great day in the garden yesterday. The weeds are finally under control in our beds. It was so nice having all the gardeners helping out. Our furry friends are coming through the gardens more. It is so nice to see. The added scarecrow might be helping. I didn’t see one Finch near the sunflowers.

  3. Audrey, your photography is simply stunning! We so appreciate your lovely pictures and words and sharing all this with the rest of us! Thank you! I can’t wait to come out in the pm to see the light change, makes me smile just thinking about it! Ina

    1. The Garden is even more striking as the sun sets…looking forward to our meeting this week! Maybe some bunnies will join the three of us!

  4. You know, this post is really a wonderful picture book, and the quote is the perfect ending. I laughed out loud at this line: “When we last left him, he was using the ax to weed.” 🙂

    1. Thanks so much…and yes…pretty funny! It’s a guy thing. When a trowel will suffice, go for the ax! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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