Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cats in the Garden

By Ellery Adams

Welcome to my garden! It's early days yet, but the blooms are beginning to show.

I love to walk around my garden each evening and plan which empty space I'll fill next. I don't think I'd realized just how many cats I have in my garden until the other night. Around

every corner, a cat seems to be waiting and I have the photo evidence to prove it.

I have this little cat about to
launch on innocent bird tableau just as you enter through
the archway (which will soon be covered with Clematis).

Then, another cat guards the lavender.

My real cats, Pippin and Finnegan are pictured here attacking the catnip plants, love taking this evening stroll with me.








Beneath this gorgeous Knock-Out rosebush is

a memorial cat, bought in memory of our sweet kitty Leo.









By the steps leading to the deck is a rather haughty Art Deco kitty and in the front is a cat I toted all the way back from Egypt.


That's the end of my tour! But I have a feeling I might get another statue for Mother's Day and that means I need to buy new plants. I'd love to put something in at your request and think of one of you every time I take my evening walk.

What's your favorite annual or perennial that requires full sun?

16 comments:

Lynda said...

What an awsome garden Leann. I can see why you and your cats enjoy it so much. You must spend a lot of time keeping it up. If you go by what's in my garden right now, it looks like my favorite is weeds, but that's probably not the look you're going for - lol. Enjoy your peaceful retreat.

Katreader said...

I think rosemary, for remembrance, would be a lovely addition. Plus, you can use it in all kinds of recipes!

Aimee said...

Well, I love clematis so you can think of me when that blooms. But if you're looking for something new to plant, I think some verbena would be awesome in your garden.

Liz V. said...

Lilac. When, after 7 years, mine bloomed and I filled two huge vases, I discovered how allergic I am. Neighbors, however, enjoyed those cuttings, and I admire the blooms each year -- from a great distance.

Booklady said...

Unfortunately, I am the kiss of death to plants. I love them and would love to have a garden, but it would be cruel and unusual punishment to the plants. That said, I have no idea what plants do well in full sun, but I like lilac, honeysuckle and 4 o'clocks. Roses are always nice, too.

Sarita said...

You have a gorgeous garden. Thanks for sharing it!

Vicki said...

I've been getting my garden in order here in Central VA as well. I couldn't find a memorial I liked so I planted a lily bed as a tribute to my Miss Kitty that I lost in February. She always "helped" me garden and loved to lay in the lilly beds. Now she has one of her own. Yours look beautiful.

signlady217 said...

Beautiful garden! I love gladiolias, all varieties of iris, roses, pansies, and bonsai trees (but I think that one is more of an indoor plant!)

Enjoy yourself out there!

Linda McDonald said...

Beautiful garden! I love the cats too. Especially the Egyptian one. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Mother's Day.

Ellery Adams said...

I love lilacs too, but our soil isn't great for them. Too much clay.

But I almost forgot about irises! I may have to pick some up this weekend. I have a moist section they'd just love. Thanks!

mary kennedy said...

What a relaxing, fabulous garden, love the cats!

Vickie said...

Gorgeous garden and statuary! I have some foliage coming up, bulbs are blooming...it takes a bit longer here in Colorado. My garden art leans towards more flowers in various formats of cast iron, or found items, masks of found items. I have been looking at the bare spots and definitely ready to start diggin' in the dirt. I am partial to achillea, agastache and lavender, cranesbill and iceplant and echinacea.

Fiona said...

Too bad about the lilacs not growing there; that would have been my choice. I love the memorial kitty. Where did you get it? I would love one for my garden to mark a special spot.

Nanc said...

Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans would be my choice, Ellery. They are lovely and will survive in any type of soil!!

Ellery Adams said...

I am going for coneflowers and irises. Wish plants were less expensive, but they are so worth the money!

Fiona, I bought that one at our local garden center, but you can search for pet memorials on google and find all sorts of beautiful things.

Judy Alter said...

I envy your full sun. My north-facing house doesn't have enough sunny beds, and my herbs are all crowded to one end of the porch where they get plenty of sun.