Divide and Conquer

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” ~ Elizabeth Murray


The garden looks especially beautiful and welcoming in the fall light.


Though the blooms are fewer, their rich colors pop against a canvas of turning leaves and warm brown grasses.


Ina’s asters have finally arrived, draped over the fence like a bee’s blanket of purple.


Maria, has of course, dressed the garden for fall.


Her holiday displays may not bespeak a memorial garden, but they certainly make a beautiful backdrop for our posing dogs. This is Ella.


Princess and Duke – all new arrivals.


With Maria and Ina both on hand, it was a perfect time to tackle the iris bed.


Peggy and Steve had a good start, but work has called them away. With three of us on scene, we decided to finish the lifting and dividing. From the size of the bulb clumps, it was pretty clear they had been left for years – a first, forgotten effort in the garden.


While Ina and Maria divided, I dug trenches and raised berms in a semi-circle.


We have decided to plant the sunflowers in the center next summer as the Willow Tree has taken their sun. During the other months we will fill with annuals to keep color in the garden year round.


It’s pretty amazing what the three of us can get done in a day when we put our minds (and backs) to it. We went home dirty, tired, but satisfied.

Ina Iris Day 10_13


“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ~ Emile Zola

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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.

4 thoughts on “Divide and Conquer”

  1. The garden is still so beautiful and lush – kudos to you all for dividing the congested irises, that is a big job! The dogs look so sweet, as always. My dog gets very upset with the Halloween scarecrows as we walk in our neighborhood, at least until she sniffs them and realizes that they aren’t really unknown person up to no good 🙂

  2. The garden is beautiful this fall. Kudos to your back breaking work in the iris bed. It’s going to look great next spring.
    This is my golden girls first Halloween so I started introducing her to the decor when putting up ours. Some of those decorations can be startling to pups.

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