The Birds and The Bees…and More

A fresh batch of new volunteers came through the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden today during their orientation.


Maria is smart enough to address the question proactively: no, there are no dogs buried here. Just a quiet place to remember, gather with friends and enjoy some peace and quiet with those in our charge.

We try to make the garden a welcome place for all – the birds and bees – and more.


There are plenty of warm places to sun or hide for lizards and our friendly snakes.


We leave bunny burrows alone as long as they only take their share.


Makeshift bird baths, seeds, worms and ample bugs (no pesticides) support a variety of feathered friends.


And we plant purposefully to attract bees and hummingbirds including butterfly bush, gaura, coreopsis, gaillardia, bee balm, dahlia, lavender, sage, aster, daylily, coneflower, verbena, yarrow, zinnia, delphinium, penstemon, lantana, milkweed and more.


Fittingly, Saint Francis – the patron saint of animals and the environment – watches over. Maria has just completed his new stone pedestal…a fitting throne and a beautiful addition to the garden.


He whispers to the pups – like newbies Chip and Cookie – ‘everything will be alright’.


And the garden whispers to us in the cheerful chatter of birds, the hum of busy bees, and butterflies gracefully gliding from bed to bed.


“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.” ~ Author Unknown


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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.

19 thoughts on “The Birds and The Bees…and More”

  1. Once again, beautiful pictures. Maria the stone pedestal with St. Francis is fabulous. You worked so hard on it and it really adds to the garden! Thanks to all the little garden elves for all the work you put into the garden, come rain or shine(heat). The volunteers sure enjoy hanging out there while admiring the beauty!

  2. Amazing images….
    Thank you for always sharing such beauty
    Take Care…You Matter…

  3. Lovely pedestal, Maria. Quite a labor of love. St. Francis has been my favorite since childhood. As always, Ogee, you bring a gentle magnifying glass to showcase the intricacies of this ethereal garden space.

  4. Beautiful, just beautiful. The statue is a wonderful addition. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous gardens with all of us. Especially those of us who cannot see it for ourselves.

  5. Ahhh…. Another wonderfully captivating post and gallery, Audrey, and a huge thank you to Maria for the beautiful work on the pedestal! You ladies never cease to amaze.

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