Nothing says summer like the color yellow. The spring garden is full of pink, lilac, blue and white. In the autumn, I want depth: oranges, reds, deep purples, golds. But yellow is for summer. This shaggy rudbeckia grandiflora thrives and returns each year where others fail. It is beautiful in a chaotic, messy way – as if it couldn’t be bothered to fully dress itself or comb its hair in the morning. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ […]
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!
Summer is officially just around the corner – as the 100+ degree temperatures last weekend made clear. Deep, bold colors replace pastels in the garden – sprigs become stalks. and the bees are so busy gathering that I can weed – or photograph – among them and barely be noticed. “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine Last […]
At 9:42 pm, the thermometer reads 89-degrees. I made a quick check-up on the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden tonight – when the thermometer still read 106. I discovered Rob mowing despite his promise not to if it was too hot. He lied. Out of respect, I will not share a photo of him dripping sweat. The fresh cut looks lovely though. It is too hot for man, woman, beast, or bunny. “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us […]
“You may go down to the garden.”…(Peter Rabbit’s mother) Beatrix Potter I confess that I did not have to make two trips to the Memorial Garden this weekend. The temperatures are beginning to cool, which means the need for extra watering is diminishing, and even the weeds are growing a little slower. But I’ll be taking a little break for some ocean camping, and our blooming days are growing shorter. I want to enjoy summer’s last blooms as long as […]
There is nothing I would rather do after work on a warm summer evening than avoid exercise and putter around in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden. The sun baths everything in this warm glow which coats the imperfections so you can relax instead of focusing on the weeding and projects you know will have to be done. Out in this country garden, a light breeze picks up late each day off the cool Sacramento Valley rice fields. Quiet as it […]
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