Spring Greeted in the Garden

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout

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Saturday was a picture perfect early spring day, which brought out all kinds of visitors to the garden: dogs,

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lizards,

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snails (by the thousands),

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and Rocky! Our resident snake is back and apparently well fed.

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And if the geese hadn’t found such a buffet in the wet field next door, they would probably have been in the garden as well.

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We could have used the extra helpers. Twenty beautiful antique roses were gifted to us (thank you, Marguerite!); lifted from their home in Napa and delivered in a packed SUV by Maria. Since they were quite literally “bare root,” they needed to be planted right away. We sorted them by size and color, dialing up Anna’s mom, Lynn – a rosarian, for reference.

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Somehow, Maria, Anna and I got all twenty planted in one afternoon. Somehow, we found space for them! In between there were “going home” pictures to grab. From across the garden I hear the holler: “photo needed!” It is an interruption that I am always happy to accommodate. Happily, there were quite a few:

Frankie,

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Brandi,

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Three of our hunting dogs, including Drake who found himself a family of boys,

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and Bailey and Bandit, who found themselves a home together with a couple of girls.

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But the best picture of all was a simple snapshot taken a few days earlier, capturing the smiling faces of Riley and his new mom.

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“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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