There is a magical moment, just before the orchestra begins, when the oboe gives a note and the instruments are tuned in a chaotic staccato of strings, horns and reeds. A short, breathless pause follows as the conductor raises the wand – before a symphony explodes in synchronized waves of sound. The gardener knows this as early spring. A tulip appears, then an iris, an apple blossom, and tiny Clematis buds unwind – as if the whole garden is standing […]
I am an accidental gardener. Come to think of it, I’m an accidental everything: gardener, photographer, blogger, and rescue supporter. These were not planned; I was just drawn to them and happened upon people who graciously showed me the way. A fellow blogger, Helen Johnstone of the Patient Gardener’s Weblog, shared a new book: the “First Ladies of Gardening.” Normally, a title like that would put me straight off. But I admire Helen’s blog, so I ordered it. And I’m […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: Dog Photography, dog rescue, First Ladies of Gardening, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden Sacramento, iceland poppy, Iris, Margery Fish, Redbud, Spring Garden, White Lilac
“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ~ A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young With a brief, but welcome rain this week, followed by unseasonably warm temperatures, the garden truly came to life. I should stop saying “unseasonably warm” and just get accustomed to it. Those who don’t believe in climate change surely are not gardeners. Sarah is back; returned from a year of hard labor on the […]
Categories: Gardening, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue • Tags: Borage, Ceanothus, Homeward Bound Memorial Garden Sacramento, iceland poppy, Iris, Killdeer Bird, Robin, Rosebud, Spring Garden, Tulips
To my frozen blogger friends and family on the east coast, I send a tiny bit of spring and offer this deal: if you’ll send water in form of melted snow and ice, we’ll keep sending flowers. 🙂 “The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” ~ Terri Guillemets Oops…those sneaky dogs!! Stay warm all (and use lots and lots of imagination until spring).