Going Home Parade

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, with the return of the Asiatic lilies,

Asiatic_Lily_750_7460

daylilies…

Daylily_750_7453
Daylily_750_7452

Monarch butterflies,

Monarch_DSC_9896
Monarch_DSC_9956

and snakes.

Snake_750_7436

There is just one thing missing: my dahlias!

Garden_Perennial_DSC_0123

When I last saw them, they were healthy, six-inch tall plants shooting rapidly skyward. Upon my return this weekend, they were barely stubs. Maria says they fell prey to snails. I’m not so sure that bunnies weren’t involved.

Bunny_Den_DSC_0124

There certainly are enough of both in the garden. Do you think we can help the snake develop a taste for escargot? I brought out six backups that had been started at home and created fortresses of chicken wire and Sluggo.

Dahlia_Protection_DSC_0127

They made it through the night. We’ll see if they make it through the week. Saturday was such a blur of “going home” photos that I got little accomplished. A parade of happy faces marched before my camera. Thankfully, Ina parachuted in to rescue me on Sunday with both Maria and Anna away.

Roxie-Going-Home_DSC_9972

“I am joy in a wooly coat, come to dance into your life, to make you laugh” ~ Julie Church

Congratulations to Roxie,

Roxie Going Home_DSC_9985

Marcus,

Marcus_Going Home_Crop_DSC_0108

Red,

Red_Going Home_DSC_0088

Mufasa,

Mufasa_Going Home_DSC_0076

Rose,

Rose_Going_Home_IMG_0626

and Romeo.

Romeo_Going_home_DSC_0199

But the sweetest of all was Simba’s going home with Lyana – one of our devoted volunteers. She has renamed him Balou, after our beloved sanctuary dog who recently passed. We think it is a fitting tribute, and we suspect Balou approves too.

Simba_Balou_Going-Home_IMG_0619

“And then it happens all at once and unexpectedly. You pack your bags and find yourself walking yourself home.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

Happy life to you both.

11 comments

  1. What wonderful photos! I love the smiles on each person and it’s possible to see the bonding and attachment taking place right on the spot! What a busy, but magnificent weekend. I do hope you get to the bottom of your missing dahlias. I can’t imagine snails taking them out that quickly. That’s a surprise! The lilies are gorgeous and I hope your wire cages do the trick for your new transplants. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: