Gardens at Effingham: Where Cats Tell the Tales

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Close-up Photograph of "Most Beloved" cat at Gardens at Effingham. Most Beloved is white with a dark patch over one eye. Her eyes are green. Her nose is pink.
Most Beloved, Gardens at Effingham
Quote from Most Beloved Cat: "And when time tells all, it shall be this: that I loved and was loved; that I gave and lost all; and that in being lost, found here the grace of peace in gardens far more beautiful than any heaven I could but imagine." Gardens at Effingham
Pink Azalea in Spring, Gardens at Effingham

And when time tells all, it shall be this: that I loved and was loved; that I gave and lost all; and that in being lost, found here the grace of peace in gardens far more beautiful than any heaven I could but imagine.

Most Beloved, Gardens at Effingham
Pink Crabapple in Full Bloom, Gardens at Effingham

Welcome to the gardens! Inspired by all things cats and Midwest gardens, I invite you to join me on both garden and cat adventures. Here, the cats lend voice to stories from the gardens.

Meet Most Beloved Cat, Gardens at Effingham. Close up photograph of Small white cat resting her shoulder on a desk lamp.
Meet Most Beloved Cat, Gardens at Effingham

From the Journals of Most Beloved Cat

Most Beloved “cat shares her Journals of cat tales, often tattling on the outdoor garden cats, though remarkably serious at times. She offers her reflections of gardening, cats, birds (and more), and as is so often the case with cats, she has me doing the writing and transcribing for her.

Pink and white weeping cherry blossoms in spring, Gardens at Effingham
Pink and White Weeping Cherry Blossoms in Spring, Gardens at Effingham
Most Beloved, a small white cat photographed at Gardens at Effingham. Most Beloved is sitting in a cat window hammock in the sunshine
Most Beloved

Meet the Garden Cats

Meet the Cats in the Gardens:

Cali Cat

Swirly

Who’s This?

Stashio

Daddy Cat

Double-Dipped Cream Puff

Earl Gray

Shadow Cat

(And More)

Follow along as the cats, gardens, and I share photos, stories, and gardening tidbits at Gardens at Effingham.

Most Beloved is the only indoor cat. She knows this.

Most Beloved is the only indoor cat. She know this.

Mr. Lincoln Tea Hybrid Rose, Gardens at Effingham
Mr. Lincoln Tea Hybrid Rose

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More from the Journals of Most Beloved

Peach-colored flowering quince close up
Flowering Quince in Spring, Gardens at Effingham

Happy Spring and Artful Blooms! A Poem by the Cat

Celebration in Spring Blooms -by Most Beloved A Poem by the Cat Celebration in Spring Blooms by Most Beloved The serviceberries opened their white blossoms this week. A gentle breeze scatters their petals and airborne, they sift and drift down, joy in their flight, celebration in their journey. Most Affectionately Yours, Most Beloved

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“Okay,Who Gave the Cat a Pen?”

Ah ha! Captured! That stray pen–twirling, whirling, edging ever closer its way towards me. And Paper? Well, that’s a given. I’m already sitting on top of a stack of papers. ’Tis my place (always) to sit atop her papers, especially when she’s writing, especially the papers she’s trying to use.  And besides, what use does she…

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Photo of Most Beloved, a snowy white short-haired American cat, Gardens at Effingham, at is looking over her shoulder and photo is close up
Most Beloved, Gardens at Effingham

The Cat Writes a Poem-A Cat Tale for Spring

From the Journals of Most Beloved- Spring Journals A mid-spring’s day, a perfect day, a day neither hot nor cold; exactly as I like it Watching birds.  Robin. 2 mourning doves. A small song sparrow. Courtship of the mourning doves. Choosing a nesting spot. The intentional delivery of a well-chosen site, one safe and out…

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