Spring in Winter

A declaration of drought has been made official in California – as if it were not obvious.


With a soil rich in clay, and an abundance of drought hardy perennials, the Memorial Garden has fared better than most so far.


We cannot count on that continuing…especially with temperatures in the 70’s in January. Ridiculous. So we’ll just revel in what we have today:


Signs of spring in winter,





birds in abundance,




beautiful snowy faces,


and the company of dogs.


Rain dances are, however, welcome.

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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.

8 thoughts on “Spring in Winter”

  1. no matter what kind of day I am having..
    i can wander in here and smile…the work y’all do out of just love is breath taking…
    as are the photographs….
    and tonight is no exception, they are stunning…especially the snowy faces….
    Thank you for sharing such beautiful energy with the world and me….
    Take Care…You Matter…

  2. We are in Arizona and are hitting mid seventies too. Just the other day I saw a cluster of California Poppies growing wild and thought of the garden.

    Monty and Harlow

  3. Oh thank you for capturing the beautiful migration of the snow geese. Wasn’t it great to see Saturday? It sure interrupted the dog training class. We were all looking above, but the dogs were good when we were not watching them. The gardens look great with all of you efforts even with no water.

  4. Sometimes you just have to have faith that Mother Nature will provide for her garden, much like those precious dogs place their faith in the wonderful volunteers at Homeward Bound . . . but we’re going to turn on some music and do a little rain dance for you anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Your photo’s are so beautiful – they show how beautiful mother nature can be even without her make up. Of course the snowy golden faces are a lovely accent.

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