Ina and I spent Sunday in the Memorial Garden, cutting back the perennials after the first hard frost of the winter season. Most everything survived the recent deluge, although a few of the youngest trees are worrisome – their roots not yet deep enough to withstand so much water and wind. Ina cleared their bases to ensure they would dry out well. We’ll see what happens over time. I could not resist playing with my new Christmas present: a macro […]
“At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s newfangled mirth; But like each thing that in season grows.” ~ William Shakespeare The deluge is over for the time being and I am looking forward to being back in the Memorial Garden this weekend. It is time to trim back the perennials, mow the now unruly lawn, and clean up from our small flood. The season of flowers is past, replaced with the more subtle […]
Walking dogs between rain storms provided a chance to spend some time in Homeward Bound’s other eight acres – beyond the Memorial Garden. Here are a few vignettes from the pond which has overflowed its banks, and a very soggy landscape. This is what winter looks like in the Sacramento Valley. Good thing dogs can paddle!
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow rain, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” ~ Dr. Seuss It has been […]
“All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.” ~Joseph Joubert And not just gardeners. At Homeward Bound, it is the volunteers, the foster families, and our amazing veterinarians who find the beauty in abandoned and neglected pups. You remember Snuffy from September? This poor pup arrived with a thyroid condition, terrible skin, and barely-there hair. He looked more like a sad and drowned rat than a Golden. A pill a day, and the loving care of his […]
“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” ~ Henry Beston, Northern Farm We all had on our winter wools this weekend, with a light frost blanketing the garden on Saturday morning. It’s early for that in the Sacramento Valley. It disappeared quickly, but left the garden a little too wet and cold for any heavy duty effort. Only a few blooms remain in the garden now – […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: dog rescue, Dogs, Garden, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, Nature, Pets, Photography, sacramento
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. ~ Confucius One of the greatest challenges of any organization whose bottom line is social good, is ensuring that the work will be carried on by the next generation. The 2012 Millennial Impact Study has good news about this next generation, and also outlines the challenges. Like: 63% of Millennials surveyed volunteered […]
After last weekend’s deluge, it was good to be back in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, focusing on clean-up. Lawns were mowed, leaves were raked, and spent blossoms were removed. It seems that more than a few of our favorites haven’t figured out that it is December. Many of the roses are still pushing out blooms, The Blue Geranium that struggled all summer in the heat has made an appearance, The Daylilies are still gracing us. And Maria’s Sunflowers? Well, […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: dog rescue, Dogs, gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, Nature, Photography, sacramento
Thanks to thousands of hours donated by dedicated volunteers, a once-abandoned, eight-acre parcel is transformed into a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary where golden lives are saved – and human lives are enhanced. Homeward Bound.