Remaking our corner

“It is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.” ~ Amelia Earhart


I asked my painter friend recently: “how do you know when it is done?” She had many answers, but the bottom line was that it rarely was. She confessed to reworking a canvas as much as a year after she put it down. The Homeward Bound Memorial Garden is like that for me – much to my fellow gardener’s chagrin. They laugh at my long list of projects and inability to leave things alone.


Sunday, we re-worked the Butterfly garden which has been conspicuously absent of Butterflies. We pulled up the large, heavy bark –


and started loading in piles of soil to raise the new transplants so they won’t sit in the winter water that floods the garden in December and January. Butterfly Bush, Monarda, Yarrow, Milkweed, Coneflower, Sage, Verbena, Lantana, and more will provide a welcome home.

While they mock me, I see them making plans of their own. With the ground work begun in the Butterfly bed, Maria had us turn attention to the herb garden. We love our pups; but not the way they relieve themselves on the herbs. So we have devised a scheme to put flowers in front and raised herbs in the rear.


Ina, meanwhile sneaks off to “contemplate” – which is almost always followed by a burst of fresh perspiration inspiration. This time, she has designs on the leftover stone. We’ll see what masterpiece she cooks up next.


The dogs? They just laugh. Unsure why anyone would want to work so hard when there are walks to be had –


apples to be retrieved…


and little boys to be played with.


“Gardeners are – let’s face it – control freaks. Who else would willingly spend his leisure hours wresting weeds out of the ground, blithely making life or death decisions about living beings, moving earth from here to there, changing the course of waterways? The more one thinks about it, the odder it seems; this compulsion to remake a little corner of the planet according to some plan or vision.” ~ Abby Adams, What is a Garden Anyway


Compulsion or not, this little corner of the planet seems a little better for the effort.


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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.

19 thoughts on “Remaking our corner”

    1. It is such a treat to watch them all re-appear in their second year! A lot of them look like they have more than doubled in size 🙂

  1. Dear Ogee, There is a saying that the process is the rewarding part…and the end result may be the process itself. Thank you for another beautiful entry. PS…My Stella loves those apples 🙂

  2. You have done such a special job on the garden (with helpers, I’m sure). Even if it is a small corner of the world, we all know its a very very special little corner which in turn – makes it a huge special garden. And it makes all the “Gold” around it look and feel brighter and shinier. How lucky they are ❤

  3. Your little corner of the planet is a beautiful, beautiful place for so many reasons. Thanks to everyone at Homeward Bound for making it so. P.S. I love your idea for solving the herb “issue”!

    1. I like the idea too of raising part of the bed. Perhaps we can harvest some of the herbs and winter vegetables throughout the season. Work will continue next weekend.

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