Saturday, May 29, 2010

Legumes and a garden visitor

The peas and broad beans have started to bloom the last few days. We have had some pretty hot spring weather the last week with most days around 30c (86f) or higher. The heat has really pushed the crops along and even crisped up a few pea shoots. Here are some photos of all the different varieties of legumes in bloom:

Oregon Sugar Snow Pea just starting to open.
Seed shared by Miss M.

Cascadia Snap Pea. Seed shared by Laura.

Opel Creek Golden Snap Pea, that's a mouth full!
Even the bract is golden.

Victorian Climbing Shell Pea, they are suppose to grow
8' high! Seed shared by Gary.

The Crimson Flowered Broad Beans have started to bloom.
They were started in potting soil and were just planted out.

Now about the visitor. We had this cat show up in the yard and it decided not to leave. It was fallowing me around like a dog outside. Last night I broke down and let it inside. It is really skinny so it has been on its own for a while. It also doesn't seem to like being outside. We will test the water for a bit, if it is going to work out we will get the cat shots & spayed. Any name ideas for a female cat?

21 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful cat. No ideas for a name, but I hope it all works out.

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  2. With her large amount of white and the posting above her, Snow Pea might be nice.

    Opal Creek is a beauty. Oregon Sugar Pod is a parent of my cross. Lovely pea.

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  3. She is a beauty. I would suggest sweetpea for her name. Bless you for taking her in.

    The legume blooms are all so delicate and beautiful. My big bed of peas are starting to break out in blooms. I love it when the whole bed is blooming.

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  4. What a pretty cat! Looks like she's a good lap cat, too ;-) I'd name her Blossom, since she showed up the same time as your lovely pea blossoms. I do hope she makes her home with you.

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  5. That is a beautiful cat. So wonderful of you to take her in. I think kitsapFG got the right idea, sweetpea sounds perfect. I hope everything works out fine and she gets to stay with you forever.

    lee

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  6. Awww looks like you've been adopted! Looks like a sweet kitty!

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  7. I have a million blooms on my peas right now. It really isn't good pea weather though with such hot temps. I'm guessing the harvest won't last nearly as long as last year.

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  8. A cat gardening friend is great. I have two that love to be with me in the garden. Enjoy and I'm with any of the names above.

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  9. She looks like a very nice cat. I like all of the names suggested for the cat. Since your blossoms are so beautiful...I think that I vote for Blossom

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  10. AWW, this is how we got Dexter out lastest feline family member. The best pets are the ones that pick you!

    A name, how about Mimi or Beatrice. Love those! Or perhaps Opel since that's the name of one the peas you have blooming.

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  11. We had a cat show up like that once. We called her Mooch since she decided to mooch off of us when she decided to make us her people.

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  12. Well a gardeners cat might just have to be called spade.. or petal, or sweet pea, or calendula.. or even Matron!

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  13. It's been cold and wet here. Want to trade? Beautiful little flowers on the Peas.

    As for the cat, she's sweet. I can see why you like her. As she followed you around like a dog, and because of her colouring I'd go for Spot as a name.

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  14. Gotta love pea and bean blossoms, they're just so lovely !

    Aww, that kitty sure is a sweetie. Looks like she's taken a liking to you. I really hope it works out.
    How 'bout blossom ? ^^

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  15. That's the same way Buddy became a part of us - he just showed up in the yard.

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  16. Snow Pea was the first name that came to me too. Great minds think alike. ;-)

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  17. Sweet Pea was my first thought to. Or, Lady Bug or something totally off the wall that makes no sense, but has a garden theme. Happy Harvesting and sweetness to your newfound feline friend.

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  18. she's so cute! i love all the name ideas, especially blossom and sweet pea. i've seen another black and white cat named moo - thought that was cute.

    have fun with your new baby!=)

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  19. Wow things are really kicking into gear in the garden :-) Glad you're getting some warmer temps. The Kitty looks so sweet. I am glad that you're adopting her - it really seems like she must need a home. Cats are funny animals - they decide where they want to live. So it looks like she likes it at your home LOL I hope that she works out and you're able to keep her.

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  20. I find pea blossoms so pretty. Your photos are amazing! I'm afraid I made a mistake with my pea pods this year, I thought they would be finished by the time the tomatoes needed the trellis, but they are not, I am trying to decide if I should pull them or allow them to grow with the tomatoes.

    Your little visitor looks pretty happy she found you. Thank you so much for taking her in. I bet she will be a wonderful garden companion.

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  21. That's wonderful to take the little kitty in, however have you contacted you local shelter or posted any found ads in the paper. I know when our cat wantered off she only went a block or two and was gone for a week and a half. Aparently she got lost on one of her strolls and got hungry and adopted a new family and stayed as long as the food was there. Finaly we saw the found ad in the paper and were reunited with her.

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