Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Garden Without Cats?

Joseph Tychonievich (@gsgardens on Twitter) shared this on

"A garden without cats can scarcely be called a garden at all' -- Beverly Nichols

Joseph wrote: "This is how I cope with the ANNOYING winter that won't die... reading Beverly Nichols and playing with photo editing software."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wheelbarrow Cat Mystery

I found the beautiful wheelbarrow cat image on Pinterest and once again I find no source or photographer associated with an image. Does anyone know whose garden, cat, or photo this is? It is such a shame that so many do not use Pinterest correctly and pin/re-pin images without a link back to the original source.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Calvin's Hobbies

Calvin was submitted by Paul Shapiro, who said: "Calvin was a Silver Spring, MD,  stray who I took in about eight months ago. He’s definitely not up for adoption. He loves eating seaweed (nori) and is obsessed with q-tips. His grandmother even sends him boxes of q-tips, which he adores."
In this photo, Calvin is showing off his new leash and harness. What a good garden kitty!

If you follow Paul on Twitter at: , you are bound to see Calvin pop up in his tweets fairly frequently.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Catnip Seed Art

I've shared cat-inspired seed pack art before (here), but this one is a real masterpiece! I took this photo at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2014, which has a theme of ArtiCulture (the marriage of art and horticulture). And where is that art more evident than on the humble seed pack? This seed art is from Hudson Valley Seed Library. You can buy a print of this art at their web site. Here is how they describe this beautiful portrait:

"Once upon a time, a beloved kitty named Princess was living a regular kitty cat life. Until one day, when, while roaming outdoors, she happened upon a wild patch of an alluring herb. Into her nose flooded the chemical nepetalactone, the source of catnip's power. It bound to her olfactory receptors, causing her to become intoxicated. The natural high she experienced opened her kitty eyes to a wild world she had never known, showing her a new kingdom to reign over. From that day forth, Princess became the ruler of her own imaginative (and, yes, possibly imaginary) world. Celebrate your kitty's reign with the gift of a catnip patch."

The artist, Christina Hess, is a freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia, PA, where she graduated from University of the Arts with a major in illustration. She works digitally as well as in acrylics, oils and mixed media.