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Do you think this looks like a kangaroo’s paw?

Spring is here in Western Australia!

And with our garden looking a little bit bare, we thought it was time to pop down to the garden centre…

In particular, we were thinking of getting something for Muesli – you see, we’d inherited the garden from the previous owners of the house and while it’s a lovely, low maintenance type of garden, it is mostly filled with native Australian plants – many of which are tough grasses and strange flowers like “kangaroo paws”.

And we noticed that poor Muesli had been going around and not finding anything nice, green and tender that she could munch on! Since grass is an important part of a cat’s diet, we decided to provide her with a little ready-made salad bar…

The garden centre had a great range of pet grass and catnip, in handy little pots, ready for transplanting…

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“Hmm… smells interesting…”

 

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“Let’s have a taste…”

 

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“Mmm… delicious!”

 

“And now, to supervise the planting of my salad bar…”

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Funnily enough, Muesli wasn’t that interested in the catnip. I’d heard once that about 5% of cats aren’t affected by catnip – perhaps Muesli is in that 5%? Although she does love the dried stuff they put in cat toys but doesn’t seem that interested in the fresh herb.

In the meantime, I’ve been really enjoying all the spring flowers blooming here when I take a break from the writing and go on my walks in the afternoons.

I think there’s nothing as beautiful as a field of wildflowers, in a riot of colours!

In particular, there are wonderful displays of the “Everlasting” or “paper” daisies all over Perth, and especially in Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens.

These wildflowers are native to Western Australian and come in such gorgeous colours – I love the different shades of vivid pink and soft white. They bloom naturally in desert regions and they depend on the rains over winter to trigger the flowering in spring.

img_7436-001I have special memories when I see these flowers because I had some lovely walks with my Great Dane, Honey, amongst the flowerbeds in Kings Park, especially in her senior years.

Honey lived to 10yrs old, which is a good age for a giant breed. She went to the Rainbow Bridge two & a half years ago and we haven’t felt ready to get a new dog yet (partly because I’ve been so busy with writing & my books and I don’t feel I’d have the time to devote properly to a new puppy).

Honey is always missed and remembered, and it’s nice to think of her living on in my children’s books, the Big Honey Dog Mysteries.

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Do you get spring wildflowers where you live?

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