Until the Fall

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

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

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

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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.

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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 –

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now full and flourishing.

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

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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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15 comments

  1. Run A Muck Ranch

    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”.

    • 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……

      • 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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