Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Walter’s Magic Garden

Soft, colorful Gerbera Daisies

“Earth laughs in flowers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spring is in all its glory here in Tiburon.  Fluffy green leaves flutter in the breeze and explosions of color splatter the canvas of this Northern California landscape.  We have so many different types of trees in our little neighborhood and flowering plants spring up at every turn.  It is a sight to behold.

Lucky for all of us, Brian has taken up a new hobby:  patio gardening.  We have a large deck on the back of our little abode with enough room for a fabulous array of flowers and trees.  Last year, we started off with some big potted Japanese privet trees and a couple of small fruit trees.  But this year, Brian decided to adorn our deck with colorful pots of flowers.  He has become quite the planter.  I am very impressed. His goal to is to fill the deck with decorative planters and flowers and lattice so not only will it be a place of beauty, it will provide some privacy for us as well.  I have enclosed some photos of the new garden which delights me every day.  In the mornings when I wake up and open the doors to the deck to the evening when I return home from work, I am greeted by happy little flowers and showered with their fragrant aromas.  We have petunias and daisies, chrysanthemums and roses, gerberas and even fragrant jasmine. 

Privet Trees and Potted Plants
Trees surrounded by colorful arrangements

Lovely yellow begonias pop with color in front of the fragrant jasmine 
Our little corner of color!

Walter is particularly enchanted with this little flower garden on our patio.  Every evening, when I return from work and round the corner to our back deck, I know I will spot Walter sprawled out on the deck surrounded by bursts of color.   It does my heart good to see Walter so relaxed and at peace.  

A very peaceful Walter, looking at his magic garden

And take a look at Henry sleeping soundly in his hammock bed by the garden.  He will stay out there for hours and hours at the end of the day.  
Henry is relaxed in the garden

Even Mac gets in on the action in Henry's bed on the deck

Evenings on the deck are glorious and serene this time of year.  The late-day sunshine saturates the leaves on the backyard trees and gently spills its hazy light onto the deck boards, while bathing us and the flowers in warmth and tenderness.  

Wow.  This little flower garden has worked its magic and calmed the beast in us all.  Cheers!

A Colorful Collage of Flowers