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GBDW – Pets in the Garden Wrap-Up

gwennie-pup-sep-3-07What an enthusiastic response to this month’s topic! It’s not a surprise, though, considering how passionate most pet people are about their furry and feathered friends. From cats and dogs to chickens and camelids, our companions often have a great influence on our design and plant choices, and we don’t mind making allowances for their comfort and safety in our outdoor spaces.

By the way, I just noticed that Fine Gardening’s February Photo Challenge is Pets in the Garden. Today is the last day to enter your cutest pet pics and possibly win a prize! You can find the entry details here and the gallery of entries here.

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Dogs in The Garden

Nan’s terrific GDBW of The Month for this February on pets in the garden has received alot of interesting responses. As a long time dog owner, I want to add my two cents to the mix.

erika-and-milo-full-frontal-at-party-resizedAlthough I’ve gardened my entire adult life, I didn’t become a dog lover until my daughter was 12, at which time she was so persuasive that I agreed to let her have a dog as long as it was small, didn’t shed and a promise that she would tend to it (wasn’t I an optimistic soul?) So began our love affair with Australian terriers. Milo, our first dog, was perfect for a first time dog: sweet, loving, a great hang out dog with teenagers and trustworthy in the garden MOST OF THE TIME. I never had to worry about him cavorting with or chomping on the plants. But there was one incident that really shook me up. One day, I came to check on him in my daughter’s bedroom where he was resting. I found him lying on his back in a splayed, frozen position. I was sure he was dead and couldn’t bring myself to go over and check his breathing. Terrified, I brought a gardening friend over and he reassured me that Milo was just fine, that perhaps he had eaten something from the garden. We went outside to check and sure enough, in the front yard were quite a few mushrooms. We quickly concluded that this was the cause of his stupor: within a half hour, he came out of his drugged state and was back to his old self. Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Pets in the Garden


Back in December, we talked about children in the garden, but they’re not the only ones who share our outdoor spaces. If you’ve spent any time at all traipsing around the garden blogdom, you’ve seen that pets often play as big a role in our gardens as our plants do. Big dogs, little dogs, and all kinds and colors of kitties: seeing photos of these furry friends enjoying their family gardens is sure to elicit a smile. You can find some less common pets, as well, including chickens, ducks, bunnies, goats, sheep, horses, and alpacas. I think Kim at The Inadvertent Farmer may get the prize for the most unusual pet: she has a camel! Continue Reading →

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On the Right Path(s) – Part 1

Ondra Garden Emmaus PA April 1997 B.D. (Before Dog)I think we can all agree that planning and installing permanent paths before plunking any plants in the ground is generally the ideal way to get a new garden off to a great start, design-wise. The reality, though, is that most of us are lured into gardening by plants rather than by paving. Have you ever heard anyone say: “Gee, I’d really love to add some color to my yard. I think I’ll go buy some bricks”? I think not. We decide where we want a garden, dig up the turf or pile stuff on top of it, and plant. If we’d stop with that one area, paths would be a non-issue. But when we add another bed or border close by, we also create an “in between” space: a path created by default, rather than by careful planning. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because default paths can be quite practical. They end up being where they are because you (hopefully) placed your plants in spots where you thought they’d look good without interfering with access to your yard. Continue Reading →

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