Saturday, March 25, 2017

Princess of the Piccaninny Tribe


This is Tiger Lily, another kitty living with Marianne Willburn, author of the brand new book, Big Dreams, Small Garden, and a columnist/blogger at www.smalltowngardener.com. Last week she shared these photos of her kitty, Daisy.

This week, she writes:

"The naming of Tiger Lily and her sister Daisy still gives me hope that gardening may take hold in my daughter’s heart – for it was she that named the pair of them, these friendly little ‘barn cats’ that spend as much time in the house as they do near the barn. Tiger Lily is a tabby, and a gabby tabby at that – a more vociferous cat I have never owned. Thankfully (for her) she is also sweet-natured and a good huntress. "

"Rather inconveniently for my Jack Russell Terrier Mungo, she also believes herself to be his girlfriend. Watching her swish her tail against his bemused but unflinching face is a regular occurrence around here.  Mungo is generally not amused, however I have caught them on more than one occasion spooning up on the dog bed."


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fresh as a...

"Zen kitty."
Marianne Willburn, author of the brand new book, Big Dreams, Small Garden, and a columnist/blogger at www.smalltowngardener.com, shared these photos of her kitty, Daisy.

She writes, "Daisy came to us with her tabby sister, Tiger Lily, as a kitten. They were both meant to be barn cats, but I made the mistake of letting my daughter pick out the friendliest kittens in the litter. Daisy now spends a good deal of the winter inside, but of our three cats, is the one who wants to be outside the most, hunting voles. She is fluffy, friendly, and both she and her sister will follow you down the lane when you’re taking a walk – a mile if necessary. Her unusual facial markings have earned her the nickname “Twoface” and this is an apt name in more ways than one. Sweet but deadly – friendly but aloof – barn cat or house cat. That’s our Daisy."

"Daisy believes my office chair is her office chair.  All the time."




Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stuck On You



Rhonda Fleming Hayes of Minneapolis, MN, submitted this picture of a neighbor's cat.

Rhonda says, "
Velcro wasn't my cat, he belonged to a woman around the corner, however he spent hours in my garden adding life and levity. He was a striking Bengal with ocelot spots and big green eyes. He would hang out on the porch with me and prowl through the plants. He died from a blood clot in his heart this week. I am going to miss him terribly."

Rhonda blogs at The Garden Buzz. She is a winner of the Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement in Writing for Electronic Media.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

You will know the good from the bad when you are calm, at peace


Nita-Jo Rountree sent in the photo taken in her garden in Bellevue, WA, of her cat, Yoda. "He was born in Atlanta, GA, moved to Connecticut for three years, then to gardening paradise here in the Pacific Northwest.  He’s obviously overweight, but that doesn’t slow him down."

Nita-Jo is the author of Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Japan's Cat Island


What could be better than a garden with felines? How about an island full of both? There are actually several tiny "cat islands" in Japan. The video above shows one that has become a booming tourist destination for day trips to visit kitties. On Aoshima Island, cats outnumber human residents by six-times!

What do you think? Is a trip to these islands on your bucket list?

A Japanese Bobtail, photographed May 1 2003 on the island of Miyajima Japan. Photograph by Toby Woodwark.

See-saw-ing with island cats. Photo by Torne (https://www.flickr.com/photos/_torne/20969198604)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Garden Companion


Rob Chambon, a landscaper in Bicknell, Indiana, USA, shared his story about his cat Ashley. “I lost my former cat Cabbie back in July of 2015 (see her story here). That loss devastated me. About a month later, a friend of mine, Clarence, and his wife suggested I come see a stray cat that had parked itself at their house during this same period. I'll never forget that first moment when I saw Ashley. Sitting on Clarence's front porch, Ashley simply jumped into my lap and put her sweet little head right under my chin, and that was it for me. I decided right then and there she was going home with me. I had found the right pet to replace the giant hole in my heart when I lost Cabbie." 
   "Now, looking back at the year and a half that I've had Ashley with me, I can honestly say that she is the absolutely perfect cat for me. Ashley is so loving and sweet. She always captures the heart of all who let her sit on their lap and experience her amazing sweetness. Ashley prefers, for whatever reason to sit high on my lap or sometimes my chest so her head is either right at my chin, or resting on my shoulder. She is a very laid back kitty, and her preferred spot inside my home is on the arm of my couch, where she sleeps peacefully till I awake in the morning." 
   "Ashley is very vocal in the mornings. She meows many times when I first get up, following me everywhere I go till I take the time to hold her and pet her. Ashley loves attention, back rubs and belly rubs, and she loves to be held. Any time I talk to her, Ashley meows right back to me, as if she is answering me. It's uncanny, but I swear sometimes I think she really understands me. Ashley is a very faithful companion, following me out to my woodland garden where she passes the time waiting on me to finish my garden chores or a simple walk. Afterward, when I begin to leave the garden, Ashley knowingly trots along in front of me, leading the way back to my lake cottage each and every time. She seems to sense when I am ready to head home. I feel so lucky and blessed to have such a sweet and lovable cat like Ashley in my life. She's not only company to me, but she is my constant, loving companion.”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Orange Shrub-cat

This orange shrub-cat meme is one in a long line of potted cats. He is a undeniably and sweetie and it is not surprising that it is being spread far and wide.

Someone named "the southern dandy" commented on it: "The orange shrub-cat requires many pets to grow big and strong. Contrary to other shrubs, this shrub is deeply adverse to being watered."

It has been shared thousands of times in Reddit and is now making it over to Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook - without attribution.

I cannot trace the original post to give them credit. Please comment below, if you know this cat, the owner, and/or the photographer.