Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Spring is Coming!

Last Sunday our yard looked like this:

But today our first daffodil bloomed:

Parts of the garden still look rather desolate, but next month this area will be full of color with the blue of Virginia bluebells and the yellow of wood poppies.

Let's see what's going on out front.

The miniature iris (I. reticulata) are in bloom! They smell great when the air is warm, but it was barely 60 degrees today and Mom could not detect a scent.

Mom told me that I should go outside and explore a little while she gardened, so I did. I especially like to walk along these landscape timbers as well as the rocks that line many of the flower beds.
Mom is a lazy gardener who doesn't cut back all of the stalks of last year's plants until about now. She says that the stalks and seedheads are great for wildlife. For example, the goldfinches like to eat the seedheads of purple conflower (Echinacea purpurea).
We're glad to see that spring seems to be near because we had a brutal February after a springlike January.
Tonight we tried to visit as many of our friends as we could to participate in the Hug-a-thon that MuShue started. We've met so many great cats through blogging.

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At Sunday, March 04, 2007 12:34:00 AM, Blogger Kimo & Sabi said...

Wow - spring looks great at yer house!

HUGS to you too!

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 12:34:00 AM, Blogger Lux said...

You have a very interesting yard - lots of stuff to explore. That daffodil is pretty!


At Sunday, March 04, 2007 2:03:00 AM, Anonymous Cheysuli said...

Hugs back to you. You are very lucky to be outside and have some flowers!

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 2:20:00 AM, Blogger Tara said...

Oh I'm glad to see spring coming to your house! You look like you have lots of cool things to explore!


At Sunday, March 04, 2007 4:29:00 AM, Blogger Dragonheart said...

Terrific photos! I'm glad to hear spring is arriving for you and that you had a chance to explore outside. I'm only allowed out on my harness.

We've hardly had a winter this year in Munich. We only had about one week of winter weather and snow in January. Since then, it's been like spring!

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 5:18:00 AM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}} Rite back at yoo two!!!

Wow, yoo have the ultimate yard to eggsplore! Luk at all the places yoo can hide and prepare a sneek attack! When it turns green again it's going to be the culest place on eurth!!!

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 9:09:00 AM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

Great contrast between last Sunday and this week's pictures!!! We bet your garden is lovely when everything is blooming!


Luf, Us

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 9:26:00 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

Boy, you sure have a pretty yard. The daffodils and irises are so pretty. I am very happy it is warm enough for you to go outside and have fun.

Here is a hug from me and Pixie:

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 9:43:00 AM, Blogger Cecilia & The 2Bs said...

Hugs to you too.

Oh Bathssheba I wish I was there with you to stroll in the garden ~Bubbles

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 10:19:00 AM, Blogger The Meezers said...

{{{{HUG}}}} right back at you guys!!!!!
we still has SNOW in our yard

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We like it when spring comes cuz we like to sniff all the flowers. We hafn't had any snow this winter, but loads and loads of rain.
We're sending hugs back to you

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 2:07:00 PM, Blogger Fat Eric said...

Yay! It is definitely spring at your house. We thought it was spring here but today is disgustingly cold and rainy.

Thanks for the hugs - hugs to you too!

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 5:28:00 PM, Blogger sammawow-china cat-willow said...

Wow you sure have a great springtime going on there! It's still cold here and we haven't seen any flowers yet. But we do want to send big {{{hugs}}} to you!

China Cat & Willow

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 9:37:00 PM, Blogger Skeeter & LC said...

Yeah, we like that our Big Thing leaves all the seeds on the plamts for the birdies. We love watchin the birdies all the boring cold time.

He gets plants that have seeds and flowers that the birdies like, an he has a few things to hold other seeds for them, too.

Pretty soon, he will be putting out stuff for those little zippy hummers that we can barely even SEE, an we think that is kinda cool, too.


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