Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beau-dacious


My gardening pal, Anne Hardeman, is a fellow cat lover as well. Her kitties all stay indoors for their safety, but even inside cats have "cats in gardens" moments!


Anne writes: "This is my Maine Coon kitty Beau lounging in my greenhouse window. Leave it to this sweet giant to find the primo spot for sunbathing! It might be cold outside, but he is happy to settle in with my miniature orchids..."

Saturday, April 15, 2017



Last week I stayed at the lovely Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA. On the grounds were several barn cats (they actually live in the old chicken house). Most of them were very camera-shy, but I managed to get shots of two of the friendlier ones.

And here also are a few more photos of the farm setting to give you an idea of the beauty of the place. In a few more weeks, everything should be bursting into bloom and be even more gorgeous!



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tree Buddy


Joe Luebke of Hyattsville, MD, USA, said, “This is our neighbor Rose Fletcher cat, Tulli. She loves to climb this ‘Forest Pansy’ Redbud and eat the flowers. She showed up at their house and had six kittens -- all adopted off. She has been spayed and hangs out with two dogs now.”

Joe is a Horticulturist with GSA and was a longtime staffer at the Washington National Cathedral's gardens.


The photo was taken by Elizabeth Payer.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Going Dotty


Constance Ann McAlpin  lives at Pleasant View Farm in Franklin, Indiana, USA. She posted this photo recently to her Facebook page captioned: "Take the time to stop and smell the flowers! The Pasque Flowers are beginning to bloom!"

Constance writes, "This is DottaOne or Dot for short. We got him at 6 weeks of age and he turned 3 last Friday. He is my very special gardening buddy. I'm sure he would love to be on your cats in gardens blog!"

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.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy Happy Joy Joy


My Garden to Table in Pottstown, PA, shared this photo of their cat and some Hpapy Cat Farm seed packs. They wrote: "Best find at today's #seedswapday was @Happycatfarm Really looking forward to taste testing these beauties! Sprite is a 4-year=old rescue we got (with his sister, Melody) when we moved to the farm. He's smart, engaging, and overall a very happy cat. "

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Key West Kitties



Kirk R. Brown, a garden communicator and speaker, shared these photos of the feral cats of Key West, Florida: "On my recent visit, the Ernest Hemingway House showed off its 58 movie star cats. They are indifferent to tourists. Of course. But each is a master or mistress of capturing the attention of anyone passing by. All of them carry the polydactyl (extra-toes) gene. Some are deeper in the pool than others."
   "The guide told us that this orange tabby (pictured below) was the dominant cat of the collection. Polydactyl by breeding not by name. And cleaning as we watched."
   "Most have been neutered or spayed. They say they allow only one litter per generation. (Obviously, at some time in the past, they were less concerned about overpopulation.) in this current generation, they are excited about breeding an obvious polydactyl male with a similar female. They are selecting for this recessive. I don't know if there are any other genetic side effects to this appearance, like kidney or liver problems or chronic people avoidance..."






Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rumble in the Window Jungle


MowCow lawn services (https://mowcow.com/) shared this adorable photo of a sun-bathing tuxedo cat with us. "We got the kittens for Christmas. Rumble was adopted from a Renae, a warm-hearted grandmother, who fosters cats and kittens in Lynchburg, VA. Butters was adopted from the Lynchburg Humane Society, which has the coolest cat corners I've ever seen. (I can share pics if interested). The energetic kittens live with our family in Nokesville, VA. I'm waiting until they get a bit bigger before allowing them out into the gardens as I'd hate for the coyotes to get interested in them. Rumble is tuxedo, Butters the ginger."


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sweet Summer Memories


Athena is the cutest, most adorable tiny kitten meowing while she explores the rocks and flowers i this Youtube video.

And a very lovely cat-in-garden quote on this picture of Athena:


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Vampire Kitty


I stumbled across this toothsome cat in a Huffington Post story. Honestly, they had me at "vampire." Then I saw this GIF of Monk attacking an innocent plant, I knew he was a gardening cat natural!

Vampire Cat Monk (short for Monkey) and his younger "brother" Bean live in Long Island, New York. He is just 6 years old and has more than 43.1k followers on Instagram! 

Here is the Instagram account where you can enjoy many more gorgeous pics of this be-fanged feline: https://www.instagram.com/monkandbean/.