First Hint of Fall

Every year I prepare for our annual ocean camping trip over Labor Day weekend. It’s how I know that Fall is near. The Memorial Garden seems to sense it too…earlier this year.


The Obedient Plant in Ina’s Cottage Garden is making an appearance.


Maria’s Sunflowers are showcasing shades of gold and red.


The grapes are sun-kissed ripe and wonderfully sweet,


and the Sedum has flowered.


The tiny drifts planted last spring have sprouted a new fountain…and its guest.


And the Amaranthus, started from seed, is spreading like deep red pearls throughout the Perennial bed.


Even Sequoia is dressed in fall colors. This sweet girl was surrendered by a family that loved her dearly, but happened to live in a grove of Eucalyptus trees that she is horribly allergic to. No amount of medication could help, so they entrusted her to us to help her recover and find her a home where she is pain (and itch) free.


I’m not sure that I am ready to say good-bye to summer – although I am very ready to leave the stifling hot valley for a week of ocean air, cold nights and campfires.


The garden – well it does what it will in its own time – ready of not.

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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 “First Hint of Fall”

  1. Sequoia looks like she is better already!! And you truly captured the beauty of sunflowers and reminded me why they are one of my favorite. Thank you.

  2. We are headed to the beach for a week of camping next week and there are leaves falling already telling us that fall is around the corner. It has been an unusual gardening season because everything has struggled because of weather. Wishes for a quick recovery for Sequoia and a new loving family.

    1. Across the country, I think we have all experienced weird weather and an abbreviated gardening season. Something tells me we are in for a long winter as well (call it groundhog instinct). Thanks for your well wishes for Sequoia. A painful decision for her family, but they have given her a chance for a much healthier life.

  3. Beautiful intro to Fall. Have a glorious time at the ocean (take me with you 😦
    I know Sequoia will get better. My golden angel had the problem with yeast and looked worse than Sequoia before a specialist found the problem. He past with a gorgeous golden coat with the right meds for his skin. Hang in there Sequoia, it will get better.

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