Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Garden Open House at Black Cat Pottery

"Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and support pollinators. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources. ... Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage." East Multnomah Soil & Water
Conservation District
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Last weekend, I had the pleasure to visit Black Cat Pottery's 9th Annual Summer Garden Tour, in Detroit.  Alas, there are no kitties in the garden, yet such beautiful plants!  Cheryl English, the owner and artist of Black Cat Pottery, is devoted to native Michigan planting in her yard.  To attract native bees and insects, birds, and furry friends too, she maintains a variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees, and encourages all to do the same.  Here are a few images:

Field Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta), no blooms
Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)
Garden artwork
Bird Bath
Sevenbark (Hydrangea arborescens), not yet blooming
White Flat-topped Aster (Doellingeria umbellata), just beginning to bloom
More garden art
Madame Julia Correvon (Clematis viticella)
Tree Peony pods (Paeonia x suffruticosa 'Kamata-nishiki')
And just to verify that Black Cat Pottery IS based on feline companionship, here are a couple of Cheryl's furry muses:

Shy but gorgeous Rufus
Friendly and petit Pandora
For more information on planting native, I've included the following links:

17 comments:

  1. Oh what a very pretty relaxing garden full of technicolor and things to bring us peace and tranquility
    Hugs Cecilia

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  2. Beautiful garden and done for all the right reasons. The kitties are adorable.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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  3. That's a nice big bunch of pretty but the sweet kitties are the best!

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  4. How I would LOVE to be there too. And the furs...they re gorgeous. Did they come to you?

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    1. Pandora is very friendly; Rufus is rather shy with anyone other than those who live in the house but he's progressing. He's our "orangelic" kitty.

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  5. OMC, that looks like a wonderful place to visit! We like the cat hosts too.

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  6. Beautiful photos, especially the kitties.

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  7. Pandora is beautiful ! I need to be sure I'm using native plants I am trying to forgive the wasp that stung me today. I think even wasps are pollinators. right?

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    1. Yes, wasps are important pollinators. They tend to be more aggressive as, unlike bees (which are strictly herbivorous), they are omnivores. I have found that, if I stay calm, they are less likely to sting.

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  8. Whoa! TW loves the purple coneflowers on your background. She had those and clematis and misses how garden so much.

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  9. What a pretty place! I need to visit there sometime.

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  10. Restful, a garden of peace and joy! We have a little "bird watching area" in our yard (not as lovely) and are making our own bird bath ... love the stones in hers and think we'll "copy" that idea and add stones to ours! A great post ... and love the kit cats, too!

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  11. Everything was beautiful! Thanks for the tour.

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  12. Such a lovely garden tour. Beautiful arts and plants. I love that bird bath. And the best part is of course the adorable kitties :-)

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  13. Beautiful photos! Love the kitties, too.

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