Until the Fall

The garden – like the rest of us – is desperately trying to turn the corner to fall.



It was not to be this week – with summer still making itself known by delivering temperatures over the century mark.



With the surrounding rice fields drained, even the crawdads are trying to seek safe haven.


I guess the word is out that we rescue, as most were scooped up and transported to our pond.

After a very hectic and full-house summer, we delighted in sending 14 dogs home last weekend. However brief the respite, there are, thankfully, a few open spots in our kennel “dorm.” I think all of us could use a bit of a rest from the crazy pace and heat of summer. Like the garden, we are a bit wilted and worn.


I look forward to cooler days and fall projects. Last year was the entry way – freshly planted and a looking a little bare this time last September –


now full and flourishing.


And the re-worked Iris bed. Last September, we carved out some center space for annual color while the irises take their own rest.


The summer plantings have completely taken over and will look even more beautiful as the season changes.

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There are bulbs to thin and plant, beds to re-work, and trees to install as the season’s cycle begins again. But all of that will have to wait until we have a bit of cooler, crisper weather suitable for hard labor. Until then, we’ll just enjoy the company of dogs.


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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.

15 thoughts on “Until the Fall”

    1. First frost already? When I lived in (way!) upstate NY, we didn’t usually see it until mid-October. I’ll trade you some heat for some moisture!

  1. We’ve got another biblical storm coming our way. Here’s hoping you get a little of it – just not as hard as we got last week!

  2. Beautiful Goldens and beautiful gardens! Just curious: what quirk of fate made you decide to move from Upstate New York to So Cal? I’m a Long Island girl myself. One who fell for the charms of a “suthenah”.

    1. Went to school to be a starving artist in NYC with my friends. Turns out, I like to eat. 🙂 Hopped a plane to SF and never looked back. And have you spent a winter in (way) upstate NY?? Brrrrrr……

      1. A winter in “(way)…”? No, can’t say as I have. But don’t like the Earth moving under my feet, either … felt that sensation in Lima, Peru, during the summer of 1970 (their winter, our summer) while I was there on student exchange.

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