When Every Leaf is a Flower

Gardening was called today on account of rain. Lots of rain.

Despite a couple days of dreariness, the trees and plants are deserving of a good soak after another very long California summer of endless blue skies.

All are bowed in gratitude for a refreshing bath.

With the skies temporarily parted, Jackson and I set out to enjoy the autumn leaves and color that cooler temperatures have finally delivered to us.

Here he is posing. Please don’t laugh at his pointy head. He has a complex about it.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~Albert Camus

Now he is pretending that I don’t see him eyeing the big fat duck behind him.

Our start and stop pace for photos is confusing to him. As far as he is concerned, if you’ve seen one pretty tree – you have seen them all. Unless of course, another dog has visited it – or a squirrel sits in it.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~Emily Bronte

Tomorrow I will head out to the Memorial Garden to monitor its progress toward winter. Between showers and other duties, I hope to add a little more to the mulch pile. Over Thanksgiving, we plan to get spring bulbs in. Another California advantage – planting bulbs until December.

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~William Cullen Bryant

Enjoy the color while you can. Winter waits behind it.

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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.

22 thoughts on “When Every Leaf is a Flower”

  1. I so much enjoy your writing. The photos are wonderful, too. You have a real gift for this. And I’m sure the dogs enjoy the garden.

  2. You certainly still have an immense amount of colour, even though it’s autumn. It was weird, as I saw the photo of the rose, I actually smelt it (that isn’t the sort of thing that happens to me but, there you go, it did).
    Great photographs and nothing quite as beautiful as a Goldens smile.

  3. Plants and trees look beautiful, Jackson is a handsome young man, and the duck is gorgeous. Those of us into winter ‘really’ enjoy your wonderful pictures.

  4. You are a gifted writer/photographer! Such a great eye for all things photographic. Don’t know if you’ve thought of this before, but I think daily planners with photos of your garden and visiting goldens would be a wonderful fundraising item for HB. Maybe HB could get a deal on the printing by the folks who do the calendar each year? I would certainly buy one — and a couple for gifts. Just a thought . . .

  5. The daily planner is a great idea, I too would want one. Your pictures, as usual are absolutely beautiful. AND Jackson has takes lovely pictures. He is very handsome.

  6. I see someone has said just what I was thinking – what a wonderful book, planner, calendar you could compose… Are you familiar with Blurb? They offer a weekly engagement calendar with their Booksmart software. Whatever is made can be sold right on the site.

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