Summer Upon Us

Everybody in the pool! The dog days of summer are upon us.

We’re getting a taste this weekend of what promises to be a long hot summer.

In the morning, everyone is busy trying to get in their work,

play –

and tussles

before the heat calls for a long, lazy nap.

The good news: as the thermometer brushes 100-degrees, the searing sun kills the black spot fungus spores that have invaded our roses.

Never before have we been faced with this scourge. But never, in the garden’s history, have we had such a long, cool, wet winter. While its spread is, so far, limited, I wonder: remove the offenders now – or prepare to do battle as the seasons change?

This is a simple, inconsequential thing to ponder in the scheme of things. The decision for our new arrival, Eddie was a little harder.

A recent transport from a rescue group we work with in China, he had been hit by a car and his little leg – left untreated – was growing in crooked. With one growth plate progressing and the other halted, the leg would eventually adopt a 90-degree angle ensuring a painful break in his future. Our Doc decided it was best to say goodbye to the leg now – while he was young enough and resilient enough to recover fully.

It’s hard to see him go through this trauma at such a young age and so soon after his arrival, but we know that putting the worst behind quickly means a better and happier future ahead.

Ina suggests patience with the roses; so they will remain for now. Which is just as well. It is TOO HOT for another chore.

We opt instead for lounging on the grass.

A dip in the pool.

And lazing in the shade.

It is May. And the dog days of summer are upon us.


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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.

5 thoughts on “Summer Upon Us”

  1. Another lovely post! Thank you for sharing the beautiful garden and new (and very handsome) Eddie! I’m sure he’ll be so much happier and learn that life with 3 legs is quite manageable. I’m so glad the other pups are enjoying the pool I still can’t get Woody to do anything but drink out of his and I’ve given up all hope of that changing. But at least it’s there if he changes his fearful mind. For some reason, my scummy pond is less scary to him. Maybe it’s because the goldfish call his name? LOL!

    1. Why is it that dogs are SO drawn to anything with stink? Maybe Woody is just looking for playmates when he swims…and goldfish will do?

  2. This deserves that illusive “LOVE” button on WP! Sweet pups having fun, lovely flowers, nature at work, what could be better? My thoughts are with young Eddie – I’m sure he’ll heal quickly and start healing on the inside too. The roses are lovely – blackspot can be handled by spraying with a baking soda in water spray that won’t upset the eco-balance or harm any creatures. Alternately, picking the affected leaves help to control it. Enjoy the dog days!

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