Bow to Winter

Just a week ago, the garden still managed a display of fading, but beautiful color. Then came the cold.


From west to east across the nation, the freeze is on. The garden has bowed to winter.




“Autumn to winter, winter into spring, Spring into summer, summer into fall, – so rolls the changing year, and so we change; motion so swift, we know not that we move” ~ Dinah Maria Mulock

Record-breaking overnight lows have burst pipes and snapped the flowers from their stems.



The frost lays like a blanket of crystal ice across the landscape.


The sun shines for a bit…until the icy cold blows in again.



Fur coats, shorter outings and warm hugs keep the dogs safe and cozy.




At home, white lights and frost covers protect sensitive plants.


But the Memorial Garden is in the country and on its own while this cold snap drags on…and on…and on.




“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


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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.

7 thoughts on “Bow to Winter”

  1. Our weather here in the South Carolina upstate has been nuts these last few weeks…before Thanksgiving week, it was just about normal then the temperatures dropped like a rock and stayed around 35-40 until the following Sunday. By Thursday last week we were back up to low 70’s; but on Friday night the temps started dropping again. This morning, when I took the dogs out for their first potty break, it was down to 37° again and raining lightly. UGH! I wish we’d get some snow!

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