Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Shade Garden & Barney
I chose hosta, Japanese painted fern, variegated liriope and burgundy glow ajuga. The first three plants die down in the winter but come back up every year. The ajuga or bugleweed spreads and gets spikes of blue flowers and is spreading nicely. The hosta and liriope also flower with spikes. By the electric meter we have a hanging basket to camouflage the meter but the vine it's planted with, is not long enough to hide it yet. I may put some lattice work there to hide the electric and phone meters.
No matter how much good food I give Barney it doesn't deter him from hunting. This week I found a mouse head left on the back porch. Earlier in the week he brought a baby squirrel to the front porch. He ate the mouse, apparently squirrel was not to his liking. I wonder if the squirrel was the culprit which scratched or bit his cheek. Ugh.
Barney's latest habit is jumping up on the dining room chair, opposite Gary and I, when we have a meal. He lies on the chair while we eat, usually morning and afternoon. So now we leave the chair pulled out so he can be part of our dining time together. The other day we were having leftover salmon and I could see him sniffing the air. He usually does not beg. But I gave him a piece of salmon and he liked it. Of course I gave him several bites till he didn't want any more. Barney lives like a king. I know you probably think I'm crazy, what can I say. Ha. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.