Worked Like Dogs

As gardeners, our big game day tradition has been to ditch the guys and spend the day pruning the roses of the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden. All 84 of them!


However, when you start to see this…


you know that you are already way behind. With daytime temperatures now in the 60’s…the roses just could not wait for game day this year.

Last weekend, Ina and Maria were out to do some. Anna, Lynn, our youth volunteer, Ara and I worked like dogs to finish them all off over two long days this weekend.


And we have the mountain of clippings to prove it!


I don’t know who is more tired…me, or our garden mascot puppy, Sybil.

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Sybil is one of four from Lady Edith’s litter. You’ll remember their adorableness from the Puppy Pop Quiz post in late November.

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They went home in December and are finally old enough to attend (muddy!) puppy class at the rescue.

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Sybil was delighted to be reunited with her sister, Kensie.

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As the two youngest in the class, you can imagine that this first day of raucous socialization and light training was a little overwhelming – and very taxing!

“Uh-oh! Gotta go!”

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“OMG…He’s killing her!”

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“No thanks. I’ll just sit this one out.”

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Covered in mud, cute Sybil was able to sit just long enough for a couple of shots…

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before sinking into a deep slumber.

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And without further ado…I am going to do the same!

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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.

19 thoughts on “Worked Like Dogs”

  1. She is so precious!! Beautiful little girl. So nice to see buds and flowers on the plants. Spring can’t be too far behind.

  2. Well done on the roses. My gosh that is a lot of pruning. I hadn’t actually thought about the temps warming up. I better get out there two prune…both of them. Ha! We used to have a number of roses, but I replaced them over the years with other things. I have to miniature roses, both gifts. They’ll be pruned within five minutes, so I can’t share in your bragging rights.

    Those puppies are adorable! Great shots, one and all.

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