Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trumpet Blast

Lindsey Konkel, a Science, Health, Environmental Journalist, shared these cute pics of her kitty on Instagram and I asked her to share more about them. 

Lindsey said, “ Trumpet is 6 years old, and we've had her since the day she was born. We adopted her mom, Misty--a stray, while my husband was in veterinary school at Tufts University, and we were living in Worcester, MA. Little did we know, she was pregnant and gave birth to two kittens, Trumpet, and her sister Charlotte, a few weeks later. We kept all three of them (see family portrait below from 13 weeks in July 2012)." 

"They're primarily house cats, but have loved exploring the outdoors from a young age. (See a few pics posted here from some of their first outdoor adventures as kittens.) I typically take them outside a couple of times a day for some supervised garden time--usually once in the morning and then around lunch time. They know when it's time and line up at the back door. It's become part of our daily routine, and I think I enjoy it as much as they do. Trumpet is my little bug hunter. She likes hiding in the ivy and 'stalking' her prey.”

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pennock's Cats

Jenny Rose Carey, senior director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Meadowbrook 
Farm in Jenkintown, PA, shared information on the PHS Meadowbrook cats. 

She said, "The ginger cat is Rocket. The black cat is Jug Head. They are very cute. Rocket sometimes follows tour groups around the garden. On a recent Thursday, I was giving a flower arranging workshop and he came to check it out."

Meadowbrook Farm was designed and created by J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. (1913-2003), and remains his garden legacy.

Photo sources: and Yelp.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

That's "Sir" to You, Sir

Bradley Evans, horticulturist/curator of the introduction garden at yhe U.S. National Arboretum, shared these photos of a neighbor's cat in the Washington, DC, Bloomingdale neighborhood.

He said, "
My name for him as I don’t know his real name: Sir Gray. This lovely black and gray tabby kitty visits me often while I am gardening. He is a neighbor’s cat that I shower with love whenever he visits. On this occasion, after lots of petting and him exploring this small garden, he chose to rest a bit under the cover of Carex ‘Blue Zinger’. He ate a few leaves, cleaned his fur, and went about his merry kitty way. Sir Gray is such a beautiful, friendly, well-mannered, and polite cat. I love to host such amazing garden visitors!"

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kitty Hair Fertilizer

No garden bed is complete without the liberal application of cat hair.
Nuts about Gardening in Birmingham said: "Simba is four years old and from a shelter. He drinks from the toilet or tap and loves catching mice, moles, and birds."

Simbas about to have the fright of his life as the sprinkler is another to go on 😂

By the way, this is the third Simba we have shared on the Cats in Gardens blog. We love our little lawn lions!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ollie Oop

JudyKirby, a master gardener and animal lover, shared: 
    "Ollie came to us from @fancycats with his sister and his mama. He’ll be 2 years old at the end of June. While the other cats are sleeping, Ollie can be depended upon to be somewhere he shouldn’t be. He is the sole reason my collection of houseplants has dwindled down to this. He is rambunctious, and silly, and sometimes bad. But he’s totally loved!"

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sunset Kitty part 2

I previously posted here about this kitty who was depicted in a painted by Michelle Bailey.

Much to my surprise, I ran across the real cat in person when on a neighborhood house and garden tour a few weeks ago! This is Belle. She is occupying the front window box - just as depicted in Michelle's art. No plants will ever grow in it, as long as Belle keeps bedding down there - but who needs flowers when you have such a photogenic kitty!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

He Pities the Fool

In response to last week’s submission by Lou J. Nichols, the appropriately named Rosemary Gardin posted, “If you think you're leaving me out, y'all better think again! I'm Mr T, Canadian bud of Phil.” And so here he is, Mr. T in all his garden cat glory.