Something to Dream On

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“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.” ~ A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

With a brief, but welcome rain this week, followed by unseasonably warm temperatures, the garden truly came to life.



I should stop saying “unseasonably warm” and just get accustomed to it. Those who don’t believe in climate change surely are not gardeners.


Sarah is back; returned from a year of hard labor on the graveyard/weekend shift at work. We have missed her in the garden.


I love getting to the garden early before everyone else arrives. It’s my chance to survey and see what has newly popped up,

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begun to blossom,


or made its way into the garden beds thanks to those mischievous elves.


This is my time to take a few photos,


and to enjoy the company of the garden creatures; nesting Killdeer…


worm-hunting Robins…


sleepy lizards…


and rare yellow ducks.

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My solitude is broken by the play of puppies in the adjacent yard…


and dog walkers – not just passing through – but stopping to sit and play now that the weather is warm.


“You have to give people something to dream on.” ~ Jimi Hendrix


We give you the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden in spring.

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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.

17 thoughts on “Something to Dream On”

  1. What gorgeous blooms! Your garden has really come alive. 🙂 I like your comments about the need to stop saying it’s unseasonably warm. I have had a similar recognition lately that I was overusing the description. I think this past week Southern California skipped spring entirely and jumped right into summer. My garden is struggling, but yours is so beautiful you’ve inspired me to make some adjustments. Beautiful!

    1. Ours will, sadly, be struggling soon enough. Too warm; too little water. But we are enjoying it while we can. An east coast visitor last August remarked last summer that the garden looked more robust the previous year. Hey…you try it with no water!

  2. After a winter full of sleet, freezing rain, and mud, I was ecstatic to see the crocus flowers popping up here and there around the yard! And seeing your gardens coming into their spring blooms gives me hope. 🙂

  3. Yes, unseasonably and unreasonably weird weather lately. Wow, this post was unbelievably inspiring in every way 🙂

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