Saturday, February 22, 2014

Back Home

Yesterday afternoon as I drove home from my Dad's house, I thought about planting a garden for my Mom.  I woke a few times during the night, each time adding plants in my mind.  There would have to be lilacs, and red salvia.  Rhubarb came to me in the middle of the night.  She baked rhubarb pies a lot when I was a kid -- her favorite and mine too.

Brett and I were up early this morning doing chores.

 Jackson has been very sore on his left front the past few days.  When I got home yesterday, I wrapped it a booty but he was still very sore this morning.  And, his right hind was sore this morning in addition to the front.  I'm suspecting a combination of soft soles (the bane of his existence) and thrush.  I put thrush medication inside the booty and, if nothing else, that sole will be staying dry.

We took the truck on our errands this morning because Brett wanted to pick up a metal water trough for the donkeys.  He casually asked if it would be alright if we swung by the nursery so he could look at sprinkler valves.  Sneaky.  He knows I can't resist the nursery and he knows that the best thing for me right now is to garden.  I picked up three bare-root lilacs, a pomegranate and rhubarb.  It took me all afternoon to pull all the weed's in Mom's Garden, plant the lilacs and rhubarb, and spread compost over the ground.  It's a start.

The dogs were out with us.  They mobbed me when I got home last night.

We also opened the pasture gate and let the horses roam the ranch.  Flash and Mufasa wasted no time heading to the green grass next to the dressage court.

It took Jackson awhile with his sore hooves, but he made his way to the oak trees on the other side of the court next to the stream.

It's good to be home.


  1. We don't have Spring grass here yet , it always causes a little laminitis in our older mare if we don't restrict her from it. Could Jackson be having a bit of laminitis from the new grass ?
    Hope he is feeling better soon.

  2. So sorry about your Mother, my Mother loved lilacs also. She had a couple large bushes but many years the frost got them in Ohio. She loved anything lavender.

  3. I'll bet you and Brett were very happy to see each other. I love the idea of a garden for your Mom...another perfect tribute. Hope the Skoog Farm rhubarb has held on after your crazy winter. It's very tough. Jackson needs to get back to normal soon so he can keep up with the other boys. Looks like things are really greening up out there.

  4. Where but in California can you plant lilac and pomegranate together?
    Looks like your Spring is already happening. My husband's Mother died in the early Spring here in New England: bulbs were just pushing through and there was a veil of green on all the trees. That made the day of her funeral a little bit magical.

  5. The garden will make an excellent Memorial.

  6. I can't believe how much green grass you have. you must be able to watch it grow, it comes in so fast!

  7. I'm so sorry about your mom's passing, Annette. Your memorial garden is a lovely idea - it'll be therapeutic for you now, and in years to come, you'll have lots of things growing there that will remind you of the happy times with her.

  8. So sorry to hear of your great loss. A memory garden sounds like just the thing to ease your sorrow and each spring it will renew your memories of your mom. Take care of you! Vicki W. ~

  9. Gardening is great therapy!
    Your property is beautiful - I love the dressage court and also can't believe how quickly it has gone from winter to spring.

  10. This was a wonderful post... and I'm worrying about Jackson with you.


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