April 2021 Hyacinths and tulips and a kitty tongue

There are several clumps of hyacinth, and doing well. Two of the happiest bunches are these –one by the front fence and one in this bed where I have a new stone (boulder).

By front fence.
By the boulder (except you can’t see it here….).
Here is the boulder in a picture from a few days ago.
These are the ones near the front fence.
These are the ones in the back. I am trying to figure out if they might be different varieties. I ordered them and planted them and I have no idea if I got different ones.
Also near the front fence are these tulips —“peony style tulips” –if they perform as they did last year, they put on quite a show, with a long run. Here, below, is one that looks like it could burst.
This is a flowering almond hedge/ bush a friend gave me (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’).
I don’t remember the kind of these frilly tulips, but I am glad to see they might do well this year. They didn’t do much last year. The red with variegated foliage really came on this year from last. So many more plants and so many more blooms. They must really like it here.
And to round things out, here is Claribel sticking out her tongue at all of us.

April 2021 Kitties and a note about Cup-and-Saucer Vine

The kitties have all been enjoying the weather; we have suddenly sprinted into spring. I still wonder about the possibilities for sudden fall back into chilly weather.

Here is Martin Frobisher, who decided he needed to stretch out on the mail. There were other available (empty) chairs.
Happy Sidney on the quilt outside. I had been lounging on it too.
Fluff looks slightly demonic here, but I’ve noticed she often does in pictures. She is noisy and demanding, but definitely not demonic.

This is a picture of Cousin from last summer; I’ve put it in here to maintain his dignity. The next picture of him is very funny but not very dignified. I had been petting him and with the static and all, his hairs are all slicked back in a very odd way.

Well. Yes. And he is sticking out his tongue and he is actually getting ready to bat at me with that upraised paw. And clearly he has been putting his nose in places it wasn’t wanted. There are two little scoundrals in the background too.

Garden Updates

I tore out the leftover detritus of the Cup-And-Saucer (vine?/ flower?) plant (Cobaea Scandens). AND I was very pleased to find a complete seed pod that rattles like it is full of seeds. I am especially happy about this find because somehow I didn’t save any seeds (or at least not that I’ve found), and I don’t seem to have the packet or the leftover from last year. Here is the flower on the plant from last summer.

I didn’t quite realize what it was going to try to do (as a climber) so I will be planting it in a quite different spot this year… if the seeds I found work. I will put them in some seed starter soil inside and see how that goes.

February 2021 Cats and weather

It was very cold here in South Dakota and has now warmed up.

These two are usually in the barn on their heated beds, but it was colder than negative 25 degrees F, which seemed to me a tipping point. Hence, sequestered in the upstairs sitting room.
Tiglet.
Cousin looks dignified here.
Cousin, completely undignified.
Now that the snow has started to recede and the weather warming up, the geraniums look a little less fake through the upstairs window. They are so bright, but I have to keep turning them so that I get some of this happy red inside too.

February 2021 Cat :: Cousin and his nose

This is Cousin. He is a big cat. And he often puts his nose into places where it gets scratched.
It has been ridiculously cold in South Dakota. Cousin’s response to the cold air near the windows has been to take complete advantage of sun on the bed.
I do not usually have this quilt on this bed. It is a big hit with Cousin.
He looks a little grumpy here, but the side eye probably has to do with the new scratch on his nose.
He woke just enough to have an eye on me for this one.

February 2021 Cats :: kitty bed head

Vlad usually looks something like this on the right.

Claribel and Vladimir, sister and brother, Trouble and Goofy.

Here are a series of images of Vlad with an epic case of kitty bed head. First the nap posture that contributed.

Vlad under his own tail. With a Cara snuggle on the side.

When he first awakened he gave me a more befuddled look than usual.

Then he decided he better straighten himself out a bit.

Notice he hasn’t quite had a chance to put his tongue away.