The gardener as instrument

“All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” ~ Helen Hayes


My friend Tanner is still dreaming…while I am working.


But what a wonderful feeling to weed and mow and trim as the Memorial Garden bursts forth around me.


Two different visitors confessed today that they never believed this garden would be realized.


I guess there is no telling what a few devoted gardeners can accomplish.


All of last season’s hard work is evident again.


Even those we thought were lost, like this butterfly twig bush is now making a comeback.


“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” ~ Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood


Dirt, and dogs, I say. And I so happily do.

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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.

25 thoughts on “The gardener as instrument”

  1. Your blog post was a nice way to start Easter Sunday. Your photography skills are always wonderful and today’s photos are beautiful. I wanted to note which one I liked the best but after going back and forth I just couldn’t pick one because they are all works of art. Thank you for sharing your friends and your camera skills.

    1. Judy, you flatter! Just great subjects and good camera. I am but their instrument…LOL. Thank you for visiting, and Happy Easter!

  2. Frohe Ostern und herzlichen Dank! I love living in California and being part of our incredibly beautiful nature!

  3. Please bottle the smell of the lilacs and send it to me! Haven’t smelled one since Spring of ’93!

    1. The don’t smell like those lilacs back east. Those don’t grow well out here, but a neighbor has managed one. I have been known to tromp across her lawn for a smell-fix myself!

  4. My heartfelt thanks to all of those who make this beauty possible for us to appreciate. May God bless you and your dogs!

  5. Ahhhhhh, absolutely glorious! Such splendid photographs. I can imagine what deep satisfaction must come from seeing all of these beautiful results of the hard work that has gone into this garden. The colors in these photographs are so vivid. What a peaceful place! It makes me so happy to see it!

  6. The dogs are lucky to see the lovely garden! 😀 And very lovely photos, thank you for sharing the inspiration. Now I feel like going to IKEA to buy some new colored pots for a near gardening activities soon, hihihi! Happy Spring!

    1. Ah! Tell Ikea to send a donation in support of local dogs for the boost to their sales! 🙂 Happy spring to you as well!

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