Summer said ‘hang on…not so fast.’
Golden light, a few fallen leaves, and sweatshirts in the morning convinced us that the relief of Fall was finally upon us. “Fools,” said Mother Nature.
She has prepared one last (we hope!) hurrah –
a farewell blast of week-long century-plus heat as if to torture us and our exhausted garden.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck
The summer heat and rationed water have left the Memorial Garden looking very different in early September than in season’s past.
Missing are the Dahlias, Coneflowers, and Sunflowers. But the Obedience Plant, Asters, and Goldenrod stilled arrived on schedule.
We soldier on…taking our example from our lioness, Ginger.
At eight years old, this only-dog-child was displaced when a tiny human child came along. She lost her family and at the same time, her hips gave way to severe hip dysplasia. Surrendered to us, she had bilateral FHO hip surgery to restore her mobility and relieve her pain.
It has been a long, difficult summer – and she is ready and anxious for a new season to begin.
With this sweet face and soulful eyes, we’re pretty sure it is just around the corner…
Waiting patiently with our Fall.
Thanks to Rob Kessel for his beautiful Ginger portrait.