Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ya Ya's garden tour

Because the garden is so beautiful right now, I set out with apple cider in thermos and camera in hand to take some pictures. You see, Mr. Enchanted has built me something I have always dreamed of.  A little veggie patch surrounded by a fence and entered through an arbor.

Sigh.  Picture it covered in clematis and morning glory.
Sigh again.

After a visit to my favorite plant nursery, 

I planted the front of the new garden with an abundance of marigolds.

After a while it became clear to me that I was going to get help with my photography.

Every time I bent down to take a picture, I got a cat face that wanted to give a kiss.  
Ya Ya loves to give kisses.

I thought maybe I could give him the slip in the veggie garden.


He was rather determined to get in every shot.

And he somehow managed to.

Over and over.

My little white prince is 


Since I had enough cat head shots, I decided to do a little yoga outside.  Where I live in Pennsylvania, it seems like we go from cold and damp to hot and humid very quickly.  There really aren't all that many days when it is perfectly lovely, and yoga outside is a real treat on a beautiful day.  
After I finished and rolled up my mat, something caught my eye.  There is an area in our yard where we bury our pets.  It is a special place where we plant flowers and have little markers by their graves.  I had recently found a dog statue that looked just like my little spaniel Nellie, and I thought it would be nice to place it in the raised flower bed above the graves.  So what I saw when I looked up, was Nellie lying in the raised bed in the center of the pet cemetery next to the statue that looks like her.

If Nellie sees me looking at her, she typically comes running.  Not this time, though, she stayed by the statue.

We also have a kitty statue, so guess what happened next?

I couldn't believe it!  If I tried all day, I would never be able to coax these two into posing by the statues.

It was such a special moment - a sweet gift.

Some slightly squashed hostas and begonias, but worth it.  
Does anyone else garden with their fur babies?  

Sharing my PINK nosed cat today with Pink Saturday


  1. Cute, cute photos, Lisa. Amazing how they posed. I had a bird named Nellie, actually my first pet bird. xo

  2. I am so jealous of your fabulous vegetable gardens! You are going to have some tasty meals this summer. And your cat is adorable posing with his cement friend. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  3. Oh a totally gorgeous new garden Mr. Enchanted built you!!!!I love the arbor entrance. Your Nellie is just too adorable-I just give her the biggest squeeze. I can't believe how they posed for you. All your flowers look so beautiful so summer should be amazing.

  4. Lovely Garden! Your fur babies are adorable. I use to garden with Duffy and Penny at my side all the time. Now that they are gone I am hoping Rufus will enjoy it too. Nellie is so cute her hair reminds me of Howard Sterns.

    Have a lovely weekend,

  5. I would love to go with that tour too!

    My Pink, have a great weekend!

  6. HPS!

    Your garden is fabulous! Your pets adorable! Love that cat!


  7. I love all the cats!

    Happy pink Saturday, Happy Derby Day and ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    Please stop by and enter my celebrate spring/moms giveaway.

  8. Love the fur babies. It would be great to have you join Seasonal Sundays. I have a $100.00 HomeGoods/TJMaxx gift certificate going on that you might want to participate in.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. Cut photos! Thanks for the garden tour.

  10. Such cute babies and how amazing that they posed for you! The photos are amazing and your garden looks lovely. It will be a real showstopper with the clematis on the fence. Dianne

  11. Oh yes, I do everything with my cats whether I plan to or not. Love your garden, how pretty. I love the iron fence. Nice to meet you in blogland. Deb (Ontario, Canada)

  12. Ya Ya is darling. I do most everything indoor with my cats - they don't go out. We have a great time together!

  13. What amazing pictures. Just loved your garden tour. My big fur baby is not allowed in the garden but our neighbors cat keeps me company when I work in the garden :)

  14. This is such a cute post Lisa!! Ya Ya is a darling!! I have a female cat by the name of - you ready for this - Taco. Yes, Taco the cat. Can you tell that the kids named her? She had a sister named Chilie! Anyway, my cat is so arrogant, she usually doen't help with the gardening! I adore your arbor! I have wanted one for a long time! When yours is covered in pretty blooms, take another photo for us! I know what you mean about the weather going from cold to hot & humid. That's just what it does here also! Not much in between...bummer!! Thanks for your visit! You're such a faithful friend! Happy Gardening!! xo Jina

  15. Lisa, you lovely lovely soul!!

    Look at that garden, and veggies too. So beautiful!!

    And I can't get over Nellie and sweet kitty kat Ya Ya posing. What dolls! Hug them for me, won'tcha?

  16. What a great cat and dog! (I have our big black cat helping me at the computer as I write this, as is the norm around here.)

  17. Gorgeous garden, and a couple of great garden pals. Thanks for sharing!

  18. So very precious! This is a gorgeous area...can't wait to see it in full bloom with veggies. The flowers are just beautiful.