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Location: SW Ontario
Hardiness Zone: 5a
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I am widowed and live in a small town in SW Ontario with my bobbed-tail cat, Bobby. I love to garden and have gardens all around my little house. My style is rather eclectic----cottage/old fashioned. Much of my garden is copied from plants that my father grew in his garden. But my gardens are not as well ordered as his were. I often buy or trade for a plant with no idea of where I'm going to put it. But it all works out.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 2197 days ago

Hi :)
Welcome to GT!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2197 days ago

Thanks for the welcome Debbie. You’re fast——-I just signed up. Am finding my way around, but it is getting too late for me now. I’ll have to explore more tomorrow. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and find out what is happening in other’s gardens.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2197 days ago

Hello Iris and WELCOME to GT!!!
Look forward to chatting more and seeing your lovely gardens …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Eklectic

1824 posts in 2368 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2197 days ago

Hi, Iris 43 and Welcome to GT!:-)

I also get plants without having a plant and it seems to work out!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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Bon

7374 posts in 2348 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2197 days ago

Hi Iris43 Welcome to GT.
It always amazes me when I get a new plant that there is always room for one more ( lol )

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2196 days ago

I think some of the best gardens are the unplanned ones … they always look so “untamed” and natural.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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lulugardengirl

60 posts in 2195 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2194 days ago

I love gardens without a plan. I love to wander and find things in unexpected places. Lulu

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2194 days ago

Thanks everyone for the nice welcome. Lulu, you would find lots of unexpected things in my garden—-I know I do everyday!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2192 days ago

Iris … how wonderful to have your daughter join us!!!! Should be fun for the two of you and us as well. :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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jroot

5046 posts in 2198 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2186 days ago

okay, so who is the daughter, and who is the mom?

Welcome anyway, Iris. I note that you are from south west Ontario. What urban area is near to you, just so we have an idea what type of plants to expect in your photos. HINT

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2186 days ago

John, I am the mother of Wyndyacre. (very proud) I am about 20 kms east of Sarnia. Probably the same growing zone as yourself.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

5046 posts in 2198 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2185 days ago

I used to have a girl friend down there, oh so many years ago. That brings back neat memories. ;)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2185 days ago

When I was growing up in the small village of Brigden, there was a family with your name.’Root’. Any relation?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

5046 posts in 2198 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2185 days ago

NOt that I am aware, Iris. Actually, when I moved to Rockwood, there was a family of Root here as well. Absolutely no relation at all, not even way back. I don’t know where they came from. Certainly not the appropriate lineage. ;)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Denise

12 posts in 1630 days
hardiness zone 3a

posted 1630 days ago

Hi Iris, where would I find your seed list, I’m struggling to find anything on this site, just started here today LO

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DavesYard

304 posts in 1625 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1621 days ago

Hello Iris! Would like to see some pics of Bobby, if possible! Have never seen a bob-tailed cat!

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1621 days ago

Here’s a picture of Bobby, although it’s not very obvious that he doesn’t have a tail. I’ll try to find one where you can see his ‘bobbed’ tail. :-)
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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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DavesYard

304 posts in 1625 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1621 days ago

Great looking cat. He looks very inquisitive. How old is he?

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1620 days ago

He’s 17. And he’s very good at hiding his non-exsistant tail.
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-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Bon

7374 posts in 2348 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1620 days ago

He’s beautiful Iris.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1620 days ago

Thanks, Bon. I like him. :-)

He’s a good cat, he behaves well, doesn’t chase birds, doesn’t climb on the furniture, doesn’t get up on the table or counters and doesn’t scratch the furniture. But he does use the posts on the decks for scratching posts, which I would have rathered he didn’t, but whoever owns the house after me will have to deal with that. :-) LOL

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1830 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1620 days ago

He looks and sounds like a great cat, Iris. Cats can make such wonderful companions.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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DavesYard

304 posts in 1625 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1620 days ago

17. Wow, he looks great.

Our cat has destroyed all of our living room furniture! grr

Sometimes I want to get her declawed but I just can’t bring myself to do it

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2197 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1620 days ago

I have always had a cat (or cats) in my life. Usually a dog or two also. But in recent years, one by one they moved on to their well-deserved next life. Bobby grew up with two other cats and two dogs. Now that he has become quite aged, I have thought of getting another cat (maybe he could help me train the next one :-)) but I hate to take the chance of upsetting him and maybe give rise to some bad habits. This is one reason why, when I travel for any length of time, I like to take him with me. And he is such good company, I love having him with me.

Dave, at an earlier time I might have considered de-clawing, once I learned what it involved for the cat, I would never do it now. My husband had a de-clawed cat that came to live with me when we got married. She was the only cat that I’ve owned that would mess regularly in the house. I learned later that a de-clawed cat sometimes has a problem with a litter box bc it’s uncomfortable to their mutilated paws. That is the only experience I’ve had though, so it may not be a true picture of this procedure.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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LadyPantheress

43 posts in 1627 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 1620 days ago

Thank you so much for viewing and commenting about my 1st project here at GT. I have not used the pellets before and are a little concerned but I have a good feeling this year for a better container garden then my previous.

Looks like you have many successful projects yourself. :-)

I will be watching your progress as well.

LP

-- ~ Harm None ~

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LadyPantheress

43 posts in 1627 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 1599 days ago

Thank you so much for replying such a nice comment on my blog. I appreciate you being positive for me and my garden:-)

Love your kitty. Looks like my son’s cat Mango.

Hugs
LP

-- ~ Harm None ~

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galetonco

16 posts in 1590 days
hardiness zone 4b

posted 1584 days ago

Hi Iris,thanks for the welcome.I’m so glad I found this site,was just looking for holistic health care for chickens and this site came up,what a great web site,I do enjoy reading about every ones gardens and projects.As soon as I figure out how to use the blog page I will post some pictures of my chickens and garden. regards Mark in Colorado

-- mark nickerson in Colorado

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1830 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1467 days ago

Happy two-year anniversary with Garden Tenders! Your beautiful gardens, wonderful photos of birds, flowers and wildlife as well as interesting projects, blogs and comments help to make GT a great place to share our gardening adventures. I enjoy learning about flowers from you and I always look forward to reading your posts.

: )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Gooseneck

599 posts in 2200 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1296 days ago

Bobbie looks fabulous for his age.

A lot of cats live long healthy lives.

Your gardens and photos of your birds are outstanding!

-- Toronto, Ontario

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1281 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 1280 days ago

thank you for your friendly welcome message :)
you are in a cold zone shudder .... do we have members living in the South? I am not finding my way around this place as fast as I like to.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1259 days ago

2/11/11
So are you home now? or just “at your destination”?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1239 days ago

Welcome home :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Ben

33 posts in 1233 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 1233 days ago

Thanks for the warm welcome to GT.

-- It started with stargazers and then stella's and then somewhere between colocasia and dicentra i decided to deny having an addiction.

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Creationsings

9 posts in 1211 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1208 days ago

ty so much I am trying to get used to the new site, its very nice and very differant.

-- Be carful when playing with dragons for thou art crunchy and taste good with ketchup!

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GrowOn

4 posts in 1142 days

posted 1141 days ago

Hi Iris ((smiles&waves))
Thanks for your nice welcome on my profile page. I like your avatar too, :-) looks like a very happy kitty.

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 904 days ago

last spring you asked us to remind you to NOT start so many flowers ever again.
I put it on my calendar :)
Here is your reminder!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 785 days ago

Iris, you have met the most GardenTenders (in person) than any of us probably will ever do!
Thank you for sharing your journeys and visits with us.

You are hereby named our Honorary GardenTenders’ Ambassador:

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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lavender22

85 posts in 520 days
hardiness zone 8a

posted 484 days ago

What a cute cat and congrats on being named gardentenders ambassador:)

-- I love hostas:)

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