Thursday, March 31, 2011

Love Plants and Uses

Recently I was looking for plants that have Love in their name. I thought it would be fun to have a Love patch in our garden. We have "Love in a Puff" or "Heart Seed"

seed pod

see the Tiny white flowers

here's the seed with a heart on it. I ;ost my pic so I found this picture at the blog listed below .

 We also have a vine on our pipeline called "Love vine" but I don't want it in my garden or yard . It is invasive and spooky ,it has no leaves none. The yellow you see covering things is a thin "choking smothering" vine . Not the kind of Love I want !

Freaky stuff

Here  are some cool looking ones for our new collection. 

A Rose Named Love
The Love Rose

Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) or Devil-in-a-Bush is any garden favorite with showy flowers, and a romantic feel.Very old fashioned paper-thin blooms surrounded by a fern type spray of greenery. The flowers come in blue, pink, or white. blooms all summer . I see lots of these under the Puff vines .

They say these next are annual around here or a houseplant.
I have the green Oxalis regnellii  shamrock looking it winters over well.  

Purple Shamrock aka "Love Plant" Oxalis triangularis


Love-lies bleeding; Tassel flower ,
Amaranthus caudatus
 The plant rather mirrors its name; looks like it's bleeding.
and the Starts look like this , good to know since they reseed easy!
I came up with some neat things to try to find ,  along with a link of Love spells telling the uses of flowers for Love. 
I am not one that practices this but am always interested in the mystery of plants. 
I hope you found some Love in this blog :>} 
Peace and Happy Spring 
Now to check the local nurseries ....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Update on "Ms Ruby Patches " the Cat

Well if life could get any crazier I hope it's not anytime soon. 
For those of You that have read the previous story here we were adopted by this beautiful loving cat . 
She came along and took our hearts .Ginger too 

Well as I said in the last post , we took her to get the works, shots and fixed. We get a call saying ,she tested positive for Feline aids ?
Then told , well she may have had the vaccine and that would show as positive on the test ? okay ,we say go ahead if you think she will live a fairly normal life... 
next day get a call saying " We cut her open and found out that she has been fixed already !! " 
What ? She was fixed? You cut her open for nothing? Isn't this something You can check for before Opening her up ?? 
Oh and they took 50 bucks off the original price since they did not actually take anything out?? When we asked why it still cost so much they said and I quote " Blame the medicine companies " OMG
I felt like Screaming!We got the cat and went home. As soon as we got home she starting walking around checking everything! Then started down the hill and laid in the grass rolled over and showed me her scars . I wanted to cry . Why couldn't they have figured out she was fixed besides slicing her open?
She then strolled to the park area to scan the area and sit a while at the bench .

 Ginger still has a little trouble wanting to share her Poppy !

Well it has taken us days to calm down from this one. 
I  told someone just lately , "It is double hard to get over being mad,
When You are mad at yourself too!" 
I was mad at them for not looking for scars or testing her ? 
I was mad at myself for being so silly not checking into this stuff more ahead of time. 
For a stray cat no less , I could have finally bought that Ruby Ring !
The one I think about every time I think of spending money on frivolousness ! I have not needed for much in a while ! I do not buy fancy things and I tend to be very thrifty. 
But once in a blue moon I dream of a Ruby. I had one in mind for Valentines day ,but decided I'd wait till after for a thrifty price !
Well I knew it was the ring or the cat in my heart. I could not rationalize both !??
So after thinking on the whole situation , I decided , I would find the positive in this picture. 
Here it is ,Ginger has a friend now and loves for her ! 
a ring would have been for me ,probably would have lost it anyway.
Good news ,she is doing fine , already caught a mouse and was very proud of it ! Plus they did say since she was fixed she probably was "FIV" free too. meaning she probably got the shot the last time she was cut on.
I have decided to name her Ruby Patches , to remind me of this adventure ... 

Guess we will keep her around !

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Feline Aids ? (FIV)

Today we took the cat  "Patches " that came here awhile back to the Vet .
She adopted us and our dog Ginger almost 4 year old  .
I mean it , She came here in the middle of the night trying to get in the house!!
She meowed and meowed till we went out to see what was going on ?
Here she comes like she belonged here, popping out of the little hole from under the house?
She made friends with Ginger right off .She was snuggling the dog within seconds !It was mind blowing for me and the dog!!
This Cat chases the dog to snuggle

I am not really a Cat person.
I have liked a outside mouser cat at most and prefer to have a black snake over that on most opportunities in the past .
Our dog also has never cared for a cat . Other than something to chase like a squirrel ,with no real  expectations of actually catching it !! 
Then comes Patches ! 
Well I knew I was in trouble when we went to buy "Cat food" the next morning because she was surely hungry!  
 She is Quickly getting comfortable around here , eating her
Meow Mix  in my vintage flower pot . 
(my grown son laughed when he saw I bought Cat food !) 
On Our main work table so the dog can't reach it .  
 Okay Cat that is for me to collect my flower cuttings for pressing !
Don't ignore me when I am talking to You Patches !

 Okay that tells me someone had a basket for you before ? Why did they drop off such a lovely cat? Did they know something we don't know ?
Could it have to do with all those Tom cats coming around ??
I did get to use the basket ,but she followed along flopping in my flowerbeds wanting rubbed? What a trip!

Well we just adopted her today for sure by investing in her !
Off to the Vet , she behaved very well ! Surprisingly no bites scratching ?
He says she weighed over 8 lbs and had to be near a year old by her teeth!  
Signed papers to be Committed to over $400 to have her get a total work up and spaded ? We left her there and they said they would try to get to here today or latest tomorrow . Same price ! 
Ginger freaked out because we left the cat at the place that scares her most !! and has been looking for Patches here at home since.
Then we get a call from the Vet . They said , "she May have Feline Aids ?" "Do we want to continue ?!! " 
Here we are trying to do our part to get the animal fixed and Aids ?
They don't KNOW for sure though, because IF someone had brought her for shots in the past ?? 
She May have gotten the vaccine shot , which would show up as a Positive on the test ?? !! 
We ask a few questions ?? Still stunned ,like will this be painful ? will it shorten her life drastically ? " Not sure was the answers . Well we said , finish the job ! She came to us for help . We all in it for the long haul now , as I was told from my "Tough Guy" turned softy for this cat.   
 We will go pick her up on Friday morning and hopefully keep her comfortable till she mends from surgery. 
Till then I have a lot to try to learn ? 
What an adventure ... but who could pass up that fuzz ball. 

 I found this at Wikipedia about this because as of today I had not heard of this before ? 
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecatsAIDS. From 2.5% up to 4.4%[1][2] of cats worldwide, and about 2.5% of cats in the USA,[3] are infected with FIV. 
FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV), and is more closely related to human immunodeficiency virus HIV
Within FIV, five subtypes have been identified based on nucleotide sequence differences coding for the viral envelope (env) or polymerase (pol). 
FIV is the only non-primate lentivirus to cause an AIDS-like syndrome, but FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years. 
A vaccine is available although its efficacy remains uncertain, and cats will test positive for FIV antibodies after vaccination.[4] worldwide and is the causative agent of feline
FIV was first discovered in 1986 in a colony of cats that had a high prevalence of opportunistic infections and degenerative conditions, and has since been identified as an endemic disease in domestic cat populations worldwide.[3]