Given that our Memorial Garden was under water just a week ago, I was surprised and amazed to find it beginning to bud and bloom. It seems impossible that the bulbs, plants and trees survived submersion for so long and still pushed forward to beckon spring. Mother Nature is nothing if not persistent. She has her limits, mind you, but a plant’s purpose is to go forth and produce the leaves from which it feeds and seeds it sows to […]
When our Jackson picked Yogi out for adoption last fall, I sometimes thought our Bella had been reincarnated in him. The way he cuddles, paws you for pets, refuses to be ignored, hogs the bed, and enjoys gardening with me were wonderfully familiar. But he was definitely his own dog and a bit of a project one at that. On our first few walks, I wondered what I had gotten myself into when he reacted very negatively to select dogs […]
These are the irrefutable truths of puppies in the rainy season. 1. Mud and poo are indistinguishable. 2. The dirtier the puppy, the more aerodynamic. 3. Clean is fleeting. 4. Towels are not for bathing; they are for playing. 5. Puppy adorableness always trumps puppy stinkiness 6. Pockets are for picking. 7. Resistance is futile. 8. And saying goodbye is so very hard to do. Happy life, Cici! See you at the Reunion Picnic in May!
We prune to encourage new growth in the spring. It’s an art and a science. And while roses are pretty resilient, you still take great care because, sometimes, you can go too far. In December, odd couple Cody and Rusty arrived. We nicknamed Rusty, Toto, for his resemblance to Dorothy’s little friend. Rusty is 7; Cody 10. Cody portrait graciously loaned by Rob Kessel Surrendered when the wife developed allergies, they were inseparable. It was easy to know. On the […]