“Where will you begin?” she asked. “At the beginning, I guess.” This sign was posted over our shed door. The weeds are indeed laughing. Two hours after the last puppy of Irish’s litter was adopted, in rolled the van with six more! I can’t show them to you due to a promise we made to the kind human who brought them to us. She saw that they were in need and intervened. We won’t give her up as she may […]
When we set out to save this Memorial Garden from returning to the earth, we had no idea where the journey would lead. It was a mission of rescue, re-creation, and re-envisioning. Today – it is this. But a garden is a living, breathing thing. It changes over time; plants grow and morph; and once-happy companions need to find new homes. Like our Dahlias – recently relocated – because their once-full-sun setting… has been cloaked in shade. Or this graceful […]
Categories: Dog Rescue, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: Climbing Rose, Dahlias, dog rescue, garden redesign, Gardens Golden Retrievers, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden Sacramento, Labrador Retriever Rescue
After weeks of scorching hot and dusty dry – we caught a weather break and had unseasonably mild temperatures for a bit. The garden got its second wind, and sent blooms skyward again. Spectacular Sunflowers… Dazzling Dahlias… Daylilies… A second round of Delphinium… And the long-awaited appearance of those elusive Naked Ladies. Then – on Sunday – something truly amazing: clouds and a very light rain. You don’t realize how much you miss those drops until you live in California […]
The surest signs of summer: The arrival of sunflowers… the return of the Dahlias… Golden sunsets – sun setting Goldens… And water dogs – of course! Here’s to the lazy days of summer!
Before I began this journey to rebuild the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, I had no experience at all with Dahlias. They were the gift of a volunteer gardener and fell into my charge. I watched them blossom through the summer into magnificent plates of color and fell in love. I dutifully dug them up in the fall; placed them in a box of vermiculite following instructions I had read, sprinkled lightly with water and a little prayer, and then left […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: Clematis, Dahlias, Dog foster, dog rescue, Dogs, gardening, Highbush Blueberries, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden, Honeysuckle, Jerusalem Artichoke, Nature, Photography, Rose campion
As we put hundreds of bulbs into the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden for next spring, it was time to raise the summer ones for winter. With more than a week of rain in the forecast, it was time to lift the Dahlias that delighted us for so many months. To protect them from frost and rot, they will be dried, stored in vermiculite or sand, and then divided next spring, so we can grace the garden again next summer and […]