Summer’s Arrival


Summer is officially just around the corner – as the 100+ degree temperatures last weekend made clear. Deep, bold colors replace pastels in the garden –


sprigs become stalks.


and the bees are so busy gathering that I can weed – or photograph – among them and barely be noticed.


“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine


Last weekend was ridiculously hot. It happened on the same weekend last year. 105-108 in early June. Record breakers. But the early heat wave was followed by a much more temperate summer. Fingers crossed that we experience a repeat this year.


While the heat did away with the last of the spring flowers, it did coax out blossoms on the Bee Balm, Agapanthus, Lantana and Rudbeckia…


Now all we need are the Sunflowers and Dahlias which are coming along.


Only a few of the Milkweed (Asclepias) – which was everywhere last year – have reappeared. Probably eaten by those nasty Cucumber beetles. I will need to replant from seedlings soon for our Monarch friends.

The dogs are clearly loving the cooler temperatures this week. This face greeted me early Saturday morning. Hello Milo!


He and his friend Molly are one of three pairs we have recently received.


These beautiful long coats feel much better in cool breezes!


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James


Cheers to the arrival of summer!

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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.

11 thoughts on “Summer’s Arrival”

  1. So beautiful Ogee. Thank you for sharing your gifted photography and writing. Can’t wait to meet the new comers!

  2. Your beautiful photos have inspired me to get out into my garden this morning, despite our heat and humidity. I’ve also been inspired to make a brief stop on my way to the garden to hug and kiss Miss Harper Lee. Wishing you a beautiful week filled with colorful blooms, cool breezes, and lots and lots of Golden kisses.

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