The Gardener’s Shadow

We are sizzling this week. I have been giving the garden an extra evening drink when possible, and I am lucky to have a garden buddy to watch over things when I cannot be there.

Rob is our primary dog photographer at the rescue, the author of Rob & Dog, and a recognized dog whisperer.

He reintroduced me to photography years ago when I began working in the garden. I studied photography in art school but adopted the snobby bias of my painting professors that photography was somehow beneath the “fine arts.” Age begets wisdom. I have come to my senses.

Rob is a constant presence at the rescue working with the dogs, guiding some of our special needs pups, and always willing to watch over some of the special needs plants.

This week, he oversaw the newly (and too-lately) planted Agastache and Rudbeckia. I don’t typically plant in the heat, but the spring shipment was delayed in our crazy Coronavirus world. The starts are still alive and thriving despite the heat. I had no doubt.

He also shares in watching over the feral garden cat, Freida (Frieda, Frida…we never actually settled on the correct spelling of her name).

For years, we have put food and water out for her. We provide shelter from the heat, cold and rain in the shed and in her igloo close by. Over time, she has gradually let us come ever closer. These days, she will sit out openly and watch us from a few feet away and waits on the porch for her meals.

We have an unspoken competition: who will be the first to pet her?

I envy Rob’s talent with dogs, am thankful for introducing me to the lens again, and am grateful to have someone to watch over the garden and all its creatures when I cannot be there.

“The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.” ~ Author Unknown

8 comments

  1. John Lloyd

    Audrey, you are an amazingly accomplished photographer and gardener. How lucky to have you at Homeward Bound. And how lucky I was to meet you at my first visit to Homeward Bound. Kobe and I are doing very well together, thanks to you and Carolyn.

  2. Lori

    Homeward Bound is so fortunate to have both you and Rob bringing to it such amazing skill, care, and dedication. Everything and everyone benefits greatly…

  3. derrycats

    Love the photo of the little frog sitting in the shade of the flower…so sweet. The bunny and kitty too. I’m a sucker for the critters.

  4. Jana Hook

    Beautiful! Both you and Rob are amazing for all you do. HB is lucky to have your dedication. The garden is so beautiful.

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