Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nontoxic Plants for Cats

Here is a lovely graphic I found on Pinterest that leads to the and shows several safe or nontoxic garden plants for cats. With so much about what is dangerous for cats, I thought this was a good list to have for a cat-friendly garden or when making an indoor bouquet.

This list includes:
- Zinnia
- Orchids
- Snapdragons
- Hollyhock
- Fern
- Rosemary
- Roses

To it, I would add:
- Wheatgrass
- Basil
- Mint
- Calendula
- African Violet
- Cosmos
- Nasturtium

And here is also a link to another safe plants for cats list, that seems well-researched.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Deep Roots

Meet Dandelion. "This Southern Belle enjoys eating vast quantities of dry cat food instead of mice, lying in the shade to watch you load wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of compost, and prowling the tomato patch to be sure you cut out all the blight. She does not enjoy getting out of the harvest bin or dieting."

Pamela Hess, Executive Director of  Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, in Alexandria, VA, writes, "Dandelion enjoys jumping in your car, biting your arm, and tricking you into giving her extra food."

"She dislikes: when you kick her out of your car and when you don''t give her extra food."


Saturday, November 14, 2015

And now for something completely different...

Here is another share from Graham Spencer of Plants For Europe, a leading independent plant breeders' agent. (He previously shared his kitty, Treacle, with us here.)

He writes:  "This is Monty. Treacle and he are not brother and sister, although they were kittens in the same pen at the rescue centre all those years ago. Monty thinks he is in charge. Treacle knows better."

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Treacle Sponge in the Sun

Graham Spencer of Plants For Europe, a leading independent plant breeders' agent, shared this photo of Treacle. He writes: "She is 11 years old. We got her from the rescue centre when she was a kitten -- the owner of her mum was an old lady living alone and couldn't cope with a pregnant cat, so she was born in the cattery. She only talks when a tuna can is being opened. She knows she's pretty and milks it for all it is worth."