First Hint of Fall

Every year I prepare for our annual ocean camping trip over Labor Day weekend. It’s how I know that Fall is near. The Memorial Garden seems to sense it too…earlier this year.


The Obedient Plant in Ina’s Cottage Garden is making an appearance.


Maria’s Sunflowers are showcasing shades of gold and red.


The grapes are sun-kissed ripe and wonderfully sweet,


and the Sedum has flowered.


The tiny drifts planted last spring have sprouted a new fountain…and its guest.


And the Amaranthus, started from seed, is spreading like deep red pearls throughout the Perennial bed.


Even Sequoia is dressed in fall colors. This sweet girl was surrendered by a family that loved her dearly, but happened to live in a grove of Eucalyptus trees that she is horribly allergic to. No amount of medication could help, so they entrusted her to us to help her recover and find her a home where she is pain (and itch) free.


I’m not sure that I am ready to say good-bye to summer – although I am very ready to leave the stifling hot valley for a week of ocean air, cold nights and campfires.


The garden – well it does what it will in its own time – ready of not.