Garden Update: Listen for the Rain


Winter arrived with a blast of cold. It blanketed the garden in little crystals and frozen bird baths each morning for a week.


A final whisper from the north to the garden: “go to sleep.”


We have learned to let the garden stand instead of conducting an end-of-season clean up. The dead stalks provide cover from the cold for the future growth below.


While we have had some nice December rainfall, the total still put us at “average”; nowhere close to what we need to begin a recovery from our prolonged drought. I wish there were a way to relieve the rest of the country of the water that inundates them. Mother Nature is a fickle mistress.

They say the El Nino is now upon us. In a supreme act of faith, I completed raising the beds to protect them from the flooding they say will ensue –


and buried a shelter in Ina’s garden for our feral kitty. Shhh…don’t tell Ina. (Note to my sister, the cat rescuer, yes…our country cats have been neutered or spayed and have plenty of warm spaces to shelter with extra food and water.)

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The holiday pines were recycled to mulch, and to provide the blueberries with the acid they crave.


And the birds are well fed.


In the next few weeks, we will prune the roses…all 43 of them…and the grapes.


Until then…we wait. And listen for the rain.


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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 “Garden Update: Listen for the Rain”

    1. The kitties are very spoiled. If they could be tamed, they would be adopted out. But the ones who prefer to live free are our beloved mousers…and very well taken care of! The first wave of rain came through last night…all night. 🙂

      1. Hooray for rain all night. And hooray for mousers too! It is so hard to convince some folks that the cats who grew up outside aren’t wanting to come in, that “in” is stressful. Glad these guys are well taken care of!

  1. You are a beautiful writer and photographer. I love these shots.

    I didn’t know that about blueberry bushes. I should go rescue a few branches from our curbside pick up. Mine refuses to produce any fruit. This may be why.

    Thank you for providing shelter for the cat. I know he/she is most grateful.

    1. Awww…thank you for the nice note. The blueberries do love acid. You can lightly feed them with the same food you would use for azaleas. Or try some coffee grinds in the soil as well. Kitty is very happy in her home in the shed and Ina’s garden. Fat and happy!

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