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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mystery Solved!

I had thought raccoons had damaged my Tropicannas and my Flame Acanthus, but Houston garden blogger Ursula said the culprit was more likely to be the kittens of the stray cat that appeared in our garden a few weeks ago ... I think she was right...

While I didn't get a photo of any of them actually climbing into the pots, they *do* seem to like playing in that corner of the garden and drinking from the large clay saucer I keep filled with water for the birds.

And although the kittens won't come too close to us yet, they are very curious and watch intently as mom trots over to us and rubs against us and lets us pet her. 

I have a four day weekend coming up and, in addition to getting some gardening done, we're going to see if we can entice the kittens and bring them indoors, along with mom, who would probably walk right in if we let her.

Wish us luck!

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Robin's Nesting Place said...

I had to get rid of a large planter because my kitty kept using it for the litter box. Hopefully you can make friends with the kittens over your long weekend.

Kyna said...

I'm really sorry you're having problems with the kittens destroying your plants.

But man, that first picture made me go 'Awwww!', all girly-like. I couldn't help it, I'm sorry *hides*

Kathleen Scott said...

Kittens are so sweet. Too hard to resist. I'm SURE you need Momma and babies.

Jayne said...

UPDATE: Last night we managed to entice the mom and all the kittens into a large crate my husband had purchased. There were only a few minutes of scrabbling and climbing the bars before they calmed down and we were able to carry the cage inside to the spare room. So they're safe and out of the weather (lots of tropical storms heading this way) and I'm sure the birds and garden are breathing a sigh of relief now too. Don't worry dad (I know you're reading this) we'll get them out of YOUR room before you get here for Thanksgiving.