Boots and Mittens

I’ve had these two cat statues I named Boots and Mittens in my garden for years.  This year I found the perfect plants to be their companions in my East and Studio Gardens.

Boots is by the Pussy Toes or Cat’s Foot plants (Antennaria).  He looks so cute by them.  Note: It was raining a little when I took these photos.  Pussy Toes are a charming rock garden plant and I picked this one up at a private plant sale through the Rock Garden Society.  It is snuggled up the the rock edging at the front of the East Garden.

Bootsie by the Pussy Toes


Pussy-toes are sweet little flowering rosettes of gray/white flowers resembling the pads of a cat’s paw.  They really came up nicely this spring and were among my early bloomers in the garden.

Pussy Toes


Here’s Mittens in the Studio Garden along side a hedge of Cat Mint.  Cat Mint (Nepeta) is actually in the same family of plants as Catnip. The leaves are sweetly minty.  I actually have a long hedge row of Cat Mint near a basement lookout window.  I prune my Cat Mint after blooming to encourage re-bloom and to keep it from looking messy.  I love it.



Mittens by the Catmint

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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  1. Amy Putkonen on June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    He looks guilty. Perhaps he has been eating the cat mint?

    • 6ftmama on June 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Everyone around here looks guilty! 😉

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