June Plant Update

June was all about the flowers! The previous months were not as spectacular as they usually are, so June really shown this year. It was a wet month with only a few very hot day, so flowers and plants took a lot of days to grow and flourish in the wet and temperate weather. We were able to take some long walks, go to new places, visit nurseries to buy plants for our garden, and see some critters this month. This is the first month of 2019 that I feel like we got outside a proper amount.

The colors of various roses this year took my breath away.

The colors of various roses this year took my breath away.

Does anyone know what this plant is? It’s stunning and I’m seeing it in many places this year.

Does anyone know what this plant is? It’s stunning and I’m seeing it in many places this year.

Cuties.

Cuties.

So many climbing roses this year. These are not ours, but the ones we have in the back year went bananas. Those blooms were gone by June, however.

So many climbing roses this year. These are not ours, but the ones we have in the back year went bananas. Those blooms were gone by June, however.

We didn’t plan(t) well for pollinaters this year, but the bees loved our little lavender.

We didn’t plan(t) well for pollinaters this year, but the bees loved our little lavender.

Such colors!

Such colors!

Brooklyn Blooms.

Brooklyn Blooms.

There have been so many lightening bugs this year, it makes me happy!

There have been so many lightening bugs this year, it makes me happy!

Between rain showers, this neighbor headed to a dry porch.

Between rain showers, this neighbor headed to a dry porch.

Another surprising color of rose.

Another surprising color of rose.

So many kittens this year! Blooming like flowers. I hope they all find homes!

So many kittens this year! Blooming like flowers. I hope they all find homes!

A shy chicken at a local farmers market.

A shy chicken at a local farmers market.

Always in style.

Always in style.

A new generation of bunnies.

A new generation of bunnies.

What animals and plants are you seeing where you live? Do you have a favorite Summer plant?

Mad Cat Garden | May

Each month I like to share my plant observations. This can be our yard, our garden, the neighborhood, parks, beach, and more. This year we are really trying to pick up our garden game and I think it’s progress is going to require it’s own feature each month.

Although we had high hopes to start our garden super early, May came and went with little activity. We did prep the garden, started verbally planning, moved a few items around and let Tom visit as garden foreman.

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Our first garden bed, which is our front yard and last year housed tomatoes, started popping up with plants. We had to discern what each plant was and either leave them or transplant them. We had a lot of tomatoes come up from seeds that dropped off the plants last year.

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This strange plant popped up and grew like crazy. We did some research and discovered that it was an invasive plant called Japanese hops. It’s so pretty and we interested in seeing if it was going to grow hop like cones. Unfortunately it was growing like nuts and we had to re-home it so it did not choke out our new tomatoes. We were sad to find that the hops couldn’t handle the move and died pretty quickly. We think the hop seeds were dropped by visiting birds!

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The kale that we planted last year also over wintered. We had to clear it out of our back yard bed, but put it in a pot to see what it would do. In May, it flowered and started making seed pods. Kale flowers are lovely! We have collected the seed pods and plan to replant from last years growth!

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On the last day of May was when we really started planting and reseting the garden. In only a few weeks we’ve transformed the garden quite a bit. We look forward to seeing where June takes us.

May Plant Update

Ahhhhhhh, May. What a month for plant and animal observations! Here in Asbury Park, it was a very green month, mild, rainy and fresh. We didn’t travel too much this month, we didn’t get to the beach, or local parks often. Most of our observations were around our neighborhood and our own back yard.

I didn’t see too many dandelions this month, but I did see some dandy fluffs.

I didn’t see too many dandelions this month, but I did see some dandy fluffs.

One of the most common flowers we have in our yard are chive flowers.

One of the most common flowers we have in our yard are chive flowers.

All our rose bushes died over the Winter, but we’ve seen a lot out and about.

All our rose bushes died over the Winter, but we’ve seen a lot out and about.

Nothing better than #watchercats + flowers.

Nothing better than #watchercats + flowers.

This sweet grass eater had a wonky eye.

This sweet grass eater had a wonky eye.

Mama and baby playing in the grass.

Mama and baby playing in the grass.

In the beginning of the month, the leaves were just budding out. By the end of the month, these trees were full!

In the beginning of the month, the leaves were just budding out. By the end of the month, these trees were full!

The only thing better than a fresh rose is one with rain droplets.

The only thing better than a fresh rose is one with rain droplets.

What are the plants like where you live this month? Is it warm, hot, or cold where you are?

What is your favorite flower to observe?

April Plant Update

April was a great month for plant observations. We had plenty of lovely days and got to explore some parks, the neighborhood and our own back yard.

We had a lovely walk at the Manasquan Reservoir.

We had a lovely walk at the Manasquan Reservoir.

So many lovely tree blossoms.

So many lovely tree blossoms.

And this fluffy thing!

And this fluffy thing!

A good sky in the morning.

A good sky in the morning.

I’ve never seen a magnolia with so many petals!

I’ve never seen a magnolia with so many petals!

The magnolias bloomed early and hard!

The magnolias bloomed early and hard!

I love these tiny ground covers.

I love these tiny ground covers.

And fields of daffodils.

And fields of daffodils.

More trees and sky.

More trees and sky.

We spent some time time repotting our plants.

We spent some time time repotting our plants.

And we got to move them all around.

And we got to move them all around.

We had three little visitors in our yard this month.

We had three little visitors in our yard this month.

It was quite a surprise to see these fellows out and about so early in the morning!!

It was quite a surprise to see these fellows out and about so early in the morning!!

Is it Spring where you are? What have you been observing? Spot any critters this month?

March Plant Update

I had high hopes that I would be out and about for most of March, but the weather was still cold and I was still in hibernation mode. I did get out some and we were able to check out some local plants in March.

Still brown, but this day spring was in the air.

Still brown, but this day spring was in the air.

There was a theme this month.

There was a theme this month.

totally happy to see these babes sprouting out.

totally happy to see these babes sprouting out.

And fully popped!

And fully popped!

Another.

Another.

What are these? I wish my whole yard was covered in them!

What are these? I wish my whole yard was covered in them!

These strawbs are ready for spring.

These strawbs are ready for spring.

So is our grandma rose.

So is our grandma rose.

And these magnolias. They’ve been trying since January.

And these magnolias. They’ve been trying since January.

Current state of our front bed.

Current state of our front bed.

What do the plants look like where you live?
Was March a good month for your plant observations?
What were you most excited to take note of this month?

February Plant Update

February was a great month for plant observations!! We saw a lot of things, we traveled, we revisited our sacred spaces.

A snowy morning in Cape May, NJ.

A snowy morning in Cape May, NJ.

A foggy morning in Asbury Park, NJ.

A foggy morning in Asbury Park, NJ.

Two of my favorite pine trees.

Two of my favorite pine trees.

A pink morning.

A pink morning.

This plant scares my husband, but look at it’s beautiful blooms!!

This plant scares my husband, but look at it’s beautiful blooms!!

Lovely colors, oxalis never disappoints.

Lovely colors, oxalis never disappoints.

One of the only snowy days so far…

One of the only snowy days so far…

…it looked like it might be a crazy snow day, but it melted quickly.

…it looked like it might be a crazy snow day, but it melted quickly.

And then there was New Orleans.

And then there was New Orleans.

I will never get over Spanish moss.

I will never get over Spanish moss.

I also learned about resurrection moss which grows in NOLA all year, sometimes dying back and they spontaneously growing right back.

I also learned about resurrection moss which grows in NOLA all year, sometimes dying back and they spontaneously growing right back.

It was really great and very odd to visit somewhere were flowers were blooming in Feb.

It was really great and very odd to visit somewhere were flowers were blooming in Feb.

Seeing bees already hard at work was a wonderful sight.

Seeing bees already hard at work was a wonderful sight.

Going somewhere warm with flowers blooming was a great pick me up. Winter is the hardest time for me and seeing some green plants and bright flowers was an awesome inspiration for me. Spring really is right around the corner!

I’m excited to see March’s plants! What was February like where you live or travel?

January Plant Update

I feel like I spent most of January in doors. I did have some plant observations but this was a slow month for it.
What months are you less inclined to get out and observe?

Bathroom Pothos

Bathroom Pothos

First snow of the year.

First snow of the year.

A visitor and some indoor plants.

A visitor and some indoor plants.

This local magnolia is always fuzzy.

This local magnolia is always fuzzy.

Who knows what February will bring for plants?

What did January look like where you live?

December Plant Update

December tends to be a tough month for plant observations, and this one was the same. It’s cold, Winter has set in, it’s a busy month, and this year we were sick for a big chunk of the month. There were still some good plants this month. December was a month of critters! Perhaps this we should be calling these posts Plant and Animal Observations?

On a warm day, Tom checks out if there’s any catnip left.

On a warm day, Tom checks out if there’s any catnip left.

Our garden, waiting for spring.

Our garden, waiting for spring.

The pines are happy in the yard.

The pines are happy in the yard.

The vines are happy in the kitchen.

The vines are happy in the kitchen.

December was cold, but there were enough warm days to go to the beach.

December was cold, but there were enough warm days to go to the beach.

Can you spot the cardinal and blue jay?

Can you spot the cardinal and blue jay?

Some stray kitties getting special attention.

Some stray kitties getting special attention.

A night visitor.

A night visitor.

A happy sidewalk.

A happy sidewalk.

Very festive front yard.

Very festive front yard.

Also festive.

Also festive.

We don’t get an xmas tree anymore, which overall we are happy about. But there is something nice about having an ever green in the house during the darkest days and winter months. I’m always happy to visit family who continue this tradition.

It’s been a great year of plant observations. I love to go back thru and see what was happening in each month. In the coming year, I hope there are many garden posts, many houseplants observations, and lots of getting outside into nature!

What were your favorite plant moments of 2018?

November Plant Update

The minute the weather changes to Winter cold, I worry that I’ll never go outside again. But we were able to get out and about a little in November. We went to one of our favorite beach-combing beaches, we went to one of our favorite breakfast spots and all their plants, we walked around our yard and neighborhood, and we watched our garden transition into Winter.

The walk up to the beach.

The walk up to the beach.

Look at all that goos stuff!!

Look at all that goos stuff!!

Natural contrast.

Natural contrast.

Some happy plants (some not so happy).

Some happy plants (some not so happy).

I moved all the plants around this month. It makes some fun new corners around the house.

I moved all the plants around this month. It makes some fun new corners around the house.

Record collection is guarded well.

Record collection is guarded well.

Perfect rose.

Perfect rose.

Hanging in there.

Hanging in there.

Te garden is slowly being taken over by Winter.

Te garden is slowly being taken over by Winter.

Visiting plant friends.

Visiting plant friends.

Perfect Autumn views.

Perfect Autumn views.

Is it Fall where you live? What are your plant observations for the month of November?

October Plant Update

Plant observations were many this month. We had a lot of opportunity to walk around town, be in our yard, and visit new places. We saw bees buzzing, squirrels scavenging, flowers blooming and dying off, creatures and plants working together and everything getting ready for Winter.

On days that were clear the sky and trees were amazing.

On days that were clear the sky and trees were amazing.

Hardest working bee in Asbury park.

Hardest working bee in Asbury park.

The basil bolted a long time ago, but we just let it go for the other plants and animals.

The basil bolted a long time ago, but we just let it go for the other plants and animals.

Some of the flowers we planted are still blooming.

Some of the flowers we planted are still blooming.

The dunes looked majestic in October.

The dunes looked majestic in October.

We saw many mushrooms this moth but some of the best ones were shelf mushrooms.

We saw many mushrooms this moth but some of the best ones were shelf mushrooms.

Another active plant observer.

Another active plant observer.

We visited Allentown NJ and saw these fellows enjoying the river and surrounding plants.

We visited Allentown NJ and saw these fellows enjoying the river and surrounding plants.

Allentown also had a civil war reenactment. It was neat to see a world as it may have been.

Allentown also had a civil war reenactment. It was neat to see a world as it may have been.

Another late bloomer.

Another late bloomer.

Another busy bee.

Another busy bee.

The rainy days made everything green and vibrant.

The rainy days made everything green and vibrant.

The weather was mild and it was a lovely month. For November, we are planning on ways to keep our plants happy over the Winter.

What were your plant observations in October?

September Plant Update

September has become one of my favorite months since moving to the beach. Local’s Summer, changing of the season, back to school, and slower living, are part of why I love it. I also really love my plant observations during this month.

We went to some new beaches, new parks, got to forrest bathe and hang out in the back yard.

Higbees Beach, Cape May, NJ

Higbees Beach, Cape May, NJ

We brought these plants all the way from Brooklyn and September is their time to shine.

We brought these plants all the way from Brooklyn and September is their time to shine.

I’m not sure what these little flowers are but they are pretty neat!

I’m not sure what these little flowers are but they are pretty neat!

The bees are still doing the good work this month.

The bees are still doing the good work this month.

Our raspberries were briefly infested with these little bugs.

Our raspberries were briefly infested with these little bugs.

Our morning glories are happy.

Our morning glories are happy.

Exploring some local parks.

Exploring some local parks.

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Clematis at night.

Clematis at night.

More night blooms.

More night blooms.

What month of the year is your favorite for plant observations?

August Plant Update

August was summer's bounty and did not disappoint. So many flowers, fruits, storms, veggies, and sun!! We've gotten to go to the beach, parks, and explore our own backyard. 

Summer storms.

Summer storms.

Butterfly bush.

Butterfly bush.

On our butterfly trek we saw thee delicate flowers. Anyone know what they are?

On our butterfly trek we saw thee delicate flowers. Anyone know what they are?

No filter!! Bright bright orange!

No filter!! Bright bright orange!

All the sun flowers. 

All the sun flowers. 

Found one!

Found one!

Huge mushroom!!

Huge mushroom!!

The mushrooms near us have been bananas! We have seen so many huge mushrooms making huge fairy rings. Have you had a lot of mushrooms where you live?

What were your plant observations this month?

July Plant Update

We've been having such a mild Summer, but in July we've seen some very hot days so far. The plants liked it and it was a great month for plant observations. Flowers were prominent but the real stars of July were all the critters!

Our local garden center is a favorite spot to visit for Summer blooms. 

Our local garden center is a favorite spot to visit for Summer blooms. 

I love clematis! So pretty!

I love clematis! So pretty!

Squirrel butt!

Squirrel butt!

Can anyone tell me what kind of caterpillar this is?

Can anyone tell me what kind of caterpillar this is?

This bee is doing all the good work in our garden!

This bee is doing all the good work in our garden!

June bug. 

June bug. 

Tomato horn worm. 

Tomato horn worm. 

Police station bunny. 

Police station bunny. 

Serious tenant #watchercat. 

Serious tenant #watchercat. 

Our morning glories are finally blooming!

Our morning glories are finally blooming!

Love these day lilies that were here before we moved in. 

Love these day lilies that were here before we moved in. 

Our garden, mid July. I will be posting a garden tour, soon! See it in late July in my last post. 

Our garden, mid July. I will be posting a garden tour, soon! See it in late July in my last post. 

What does every else July plants look like?

June Plant Update

A little late but here are my plant observations for June!

Lots of flowers!! Veggie garden is started! Replated roses! Farmers markets! What do June plants look like where you live?

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These little light green plants popped up in our blueberry bushes all in a clump? What are they?

This weird fungus also appeared! Can anyone help us identify it? 

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It was a great month for plants! Love living this plant life!

April Plant Update

Finally!! Flowers in my plant update!! This update is all about flowers, in fact. From the beginning of the month, with snow covered buds, to the end of the month when many trees and flowers are in full bloom, here are some pretty plant observations. 

Can anyone tell me what these flowers are?

Can anyone tell me what these flowers are?

This crocus was hanging on for dear life. 

This crocus was hanging on for dear life. 

Finally the magnolias are blooming. 

Finally the magnolias are blooming. 

Same tree...

Same tree...

...different day. 

...different day. 

This apartment/tree set up always reminds me of Nola. 

This apartment/tree set up always reminds me of Nola. 

Yessssss. 

Yessssss. 

What's blooming in your neck of the woods?

March Plant Update

March was another rollercoaster for plants and weather!! We were able to observe some local plants, some new areas, and even give a tour of some of the plants in our very own home. 

Croci have been popping up, then getting trampled all over the neighbor hood!

Croci have been popping up, then getting trampled all over the neighbor hood!

Before the big storms of March, my front garden was off to a good start!

Before the big storms of March, my front garden was off to a good start!

Early morning snow. 

Early morning snow. 

More of my favorite pine trees. 

More of my favorite pine trees. 

I'm still working on learning YouTube. What better way than to give a tour of some of our house plants! 

Was March weather and plants as wild where you live as is was for us? What were some of your March plant observations?

February Plant Update

February has been pretty up and down. With snow, 70˚ weather, rain, sun, etc... it's been an interesting month for plant observations. 

Crow crowns one of my favorite pines. 

Crow crowns one of my favorite pines. 

Heavy snow and white pine. 

Heavy snow and white pine. 

New flowers from work. 

New flowers from work. 

This weird geranium (??) was given to me by a friend. It was doing really well until Irving knocked it down off it's perch. 

This weird geranium (??) was given to me by a friend. It was doing really well until Irving knocked it down off it's perch. 

Starting to see signs of spring. 

Starting to see signs of spring. 

What has February been like where you live?

January Plant Update

January was not a good month for plant observations. By far the worst month since I started this column. I wasn't out and about too much, I didn't take too many pics, it was cold, iy was snowy, it was wet. One can only hope February will be better. 

Hard to tell that this was a torrential downpour.

Hard to tell that this was a torrential downpour.

A snowy windblown scrub pine. 

A snowy windblown scrub pine. 

Walking to work over a frozen lake. 

Walking to work over a frozen lake. 

Who of my readers enjoyed a plant filled January?

December Plant Update

A lot going at home on this month meant that not too many plants were mindfully observed besides our own house plants. We did get about and about to see some plants, luckily. 

Guest room house plants have the best light. 

Guest room house plants have the best light. 

Blurry new shoots on our eternity plant. 

Blurry new shoots on our eternity plant. 

Our back yard just as the now starts. 

Our back yard just as the now starts. 

And more snow in Ocean Grove. 

And more snow in Ocean Grove. 

And a little festive snow. 

And a little festive snow. 

Were you too busy to plant gaze this month? Or were your plants observations on point?

I'm looking forward to a new year of plant observations in 2018!!

November Plant Update

November has become decidedly cold. Trees changed colors and shed their leaves, we've had the first frost and more. Almost all our inside plants are happy, a few still need extra dirt. We acquired some plants from my grandma, mostly xmas cactus that bloomed almost immediately. 

We rarely have cut flowers in the house. 

We rarely have cut flowers in the house. 

A view to the back yard, behind the screen door. 

A view to the back yard, behind the screen door. 

Our blueberry bushes, planted. 

Our blueberry bushes, planted. 

This lovely beet. 

This lovely beet. 

A walk around Sunset Lake. 

A walk around Sunset Lake. 

Down in Bayhead. 

Down in Bayhead. 

Bittersweet berries. I had never seen these before!

Bittersweet berries. I had never seen these before!

I wish we had got out more, to hike or explore, as the weather turned. Hopefully December we will get do make more pointed plant observations. 

What were your November plant sightings?