a blog about plants, cats and other lovely creatures

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Last March I put up three bird houses on the trees around our house. It was probably too late for the birds, and so they remained uninhabited for the rest of the year. This morning I spotted this from my bedroom window...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

protests and solidarity

In spite of the freezing weather, hundreds of people have been meeting throughout the Czech Republic to protest against the controversial ACTA agreement that poses a serious threat to the freedom of the Internet.

Brno, Freedom Square, February 11, 2012

Taking advantage of the large gathering of people, a couple of individuals including the gardenless gardener have organized a collection of warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless people in Brno. A huge pile of things was distributed right after the protest in a park where the civic initiative called Food not Bombs regularly gives warm food to the needy.

When local authorities fail to act, a lot can be done with little resources by common citizens. The solidarity of people felt as warm to us as hopefully do the collected items to their new owners.

European Tree of the Year 2012

You can choose and vote for your favorite candidate here

The Wish Tree (elm, Ulmus sp.) from Bulgaria

Sunday, January 8, 2012

winter bloom

I have had this Helleborus for at least three seasons and now is the first time it is about to bloom. 

This was Josefínka's favorite path around the house, she used to love to come here to enjoy the sun-heated pavement.

I like to think that this plant is putting forth its blossom for her.

In this unusually warm winter, another Helleborus, Senecio, Heuchera and Hebe are holding strong on our baclony.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

sad parting

The end of the year 2011 was very sad for me. On the last day I had to say good-bye to my beloved little cat Josefínka. Two weeks before she suddenly stopped eating; the vet found she was severely anemic and blood tests revealed feline leukemia. There is no cure for this disease in cats. She made it through Christmas and even raised my hopes by becoming slightly better and starting to eat a little. Then, toward the end of the year she gradually became worse and worse. It was heartbreaking but at least I was able to stay with her until the last moment. I miss her very much.

I would like to share with you some of the happy moments we shared together last summer.

On our balcony with her "siblings". She loved to soak up the sunshine there.

Last year we got this wonderful portable cat enclosure from my sister and so the cats were able to enjoy a little bit more outdoors at our Grandmother's garden where it is not safe to roam freely.

She loved going out on a leash. And she was fearless, in spite of her frail constitution she wasn't afraid of strangers or dogs or anything. She enjoyed lying on the ground and watching ants or birds or squirrels or anything that caught her attention. The less she saw with her only eye, the more she looked.

She loved people. The cat shelter where I picked her advertised her as a very timid little cat no one wanted. She remained timid for about a week after I took her in. Later she seemed never to get enough of the human touch. She was only able to enjoy it for four years with us. I was taken aback by her illness. Suddenly there was so little time left. I wish I had given her more strokings, more cuddles, more kind words. 

I hope that the love and bond we shared - most intensively during the final days - can somehow last forever. 
On the last morning I promised her it would.