Sunshine, Freedom, and a Little Flower

A perfect long weekend starts early with the afternoon off and a sneak trip to the garden.

The Hummingbird Garden with Veronica, Coreopsis and Asiatic Lily in bloom….


The Cottage Garden, freshly tamed. Ina has been here!


The Butterfly Garden, filling in at a rapid rate. I saw a Monarch today, but it got away!



The Dahlias, making their way skyward…


Maria’s Garden, a jumble of color awaiting the Sunflowers arrival…


Darn bunnies burrowing beneath the blueberries…


And visitors. A lizard with a keen sense of irony…


And Pelican Bay. Taking up residence in the flooded rice fields.


“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
~ Hans Christian Anderson

(I’ll be back tomorrow.) πŸ™‚

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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.

18 thoughts on “Sunshine, Freedom, and a Little Flower”

  1. What great pictures. It looks like the lizard is keeping a close eye on the garden and getting lots of sun. the Asiatic lilies are just beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen pelicans out at HB before.

    1. Thank you…yes, lots of hard work to bend Mother Nature a little to our way of seeing things. No “resting” here…just a wonderful place to memorialize our companions and remember together. πŸ™‚

    1. Isn’t he funny?! And choosing a turtle to conquer – of all things! Besides the irony, I think he liked the view. πŸ™‚

    1. The little guy had no fear. Came right up to him and he wasn’t moving. Don’t know if he thought I couldn’t see him, or – more likely – he was just enjoying his perch so much that he wasn’t giving it up!

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