Making a Cat's Cradle in the Garden

Posted by Sharkey

Before I hurt my dewclaw and needed surgery, Francesca and I were making our usual rounds of the farm, looking for anything new and different.  It was difficult for Franny because she had classic tunnel vision due to wearing the cone-shaped color, so I guided her around.  It’s good to help each other out.

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Francesca!  Can you believe how tall and how full the herbaceous peonies are?  It looks like the display of blooms will be extraordinary this year!

1 Francesca! Can you believe how tall and how full the herbaceous peonies are? It looks like the display of blooms will be extraordinary this year!

Wow, Sharkey.  You're right!  Some of the buds look like they're ready to explode!

2 Wow, Sharkey. You're right! Some of the buds look like they're ready to explode!

The plants are so tall that Wilmer has been busy forming the string plant supports.

3 The plants are so tall that Wilmer has been busy forming the string plant supports.

Peony flowers are so beautiful and can be quite large and rather heavy, causing the stems to bend.  A good rainfall can cause those bending stems to break.

4 Peony flowers are so beautiful and can be quite large and rather heavy, causing the stems to bend. A good rainfall can cause those bending stems to break.

The peonies stay upright by resting upon the twine.  Martha usually has a party when the peonies are blooming.  I wonder if that's happening this year since the peonies are blooming so early?

5 The peonies stay upright by resting upon the twine. Martha usually has a party when the peonies are blooming. I wonder if that's happening this year since the peonies are blooming so early?

Come on, Sharkey!  Let's grab some twine and help Wilmer with this task!

6 Come on, Sharkey! Let's grab some twine and help Wilmer with this task!

Franny, before we chip in to help, I'm going to watch Wilmer to make sure we do it properly!

7 Franny, before we chip in to help, I'm going to watch Wilmer to make sure we do it properly!

Wilmer has already evenly space these special metal stakes.  Then, he ties an end of twine and begins zig-zagging the twine through the eyelets.

8 Wilmer has already evenly space these special metal stakes. Then, he ties an end of twine and begins zig-zagging the twine through the eyelets.

Nice job threading, Wilmer.

9 Nice job threading, Wilmer.

Wilmer threads the lower eyelets first and then repeats the process through the upper eyelets.

10 Wilmer threads the lower eyelets first and then repeats the process through the upper eyelets.

Sharkey, it's mesmerizing watching Wilmer work.

11 Sharkey, it's mesmerizing watching Wilmer work.

Doesn't all this zig-zagging remind you a bit of that string game, Cat's Cradle?

12 Doesn't all this zig-zagging remind you a bit of that string game, Cat's Cradle?

Francesca, there's no time to be mesmerized!  Let's help Wilmer finish the rest of this peony project before they start to bloom!

13 Francesca, there's no time to be mesmerized! Let's help Wilmer finish the rest of this peony project before they start to bloom!

Comments (14)

  • good job helping, frenchies..we have peonies here at the farm/ranch..over the years I have helped Lucinda tie them up..it is late and I must take my meds and have Lucinda help me up my stairs so i can sleep on the bed..talk to you later..Cora-Belle..p.s. I wonder when I get up what pre-birthday treat i am getting..this is exciting!!

  • Hello girls,
    I must say I had no idea how much work goes into a garden. And Martha has many different gardens. You girls sure do a lot of work in a day. How are the two of you feeling? I hope you fet better every day.
    Hey Cora-Belle, what the heck, presents every day till the 16th? I already live at two places, can I make it three? Your collar is neat. It has green for the green grassy fields that you like to lay in, yellow for the beautiful flowers on the farm/ranch and blue for the sky. Is that kool or what?
    Abby, did you make your pick for the Derby yet? I was wondering, do you place your bets with dog biscuits? hehehehehe
    Well, it is raining here and Kirby knows we don't like to get wet so no deck for me this morning. Speaking of Kirby, how are you feeling? Are your itchy spots going away? I hope so.
    I guess I will see what is on Animal Planet this morning. I will check back with everyone later.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    I heard Mama Martha commenting on one of her shows about how early the peonies were going to be. You are a great help with the twine----I know this was pre-surgeries. I heard there always has to be lots of ants to open the blooms up. Keep up on those "cc" days until you recover. You are in my prayers always.
    Cora Belle----2 weeks from today is the big sweet sixteen. I am getting excited for you!! Abby, is your Dad going to the Kentucky Derby since he loves horses? Off to the dentist today.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hope you two Frenchie Pups are doing better! what interesting stringing! what on earth does mommie martha do with all these flowers? I get excited if I just find one flower that has survived the weather or deer :-(
    So Cora-Belle is it your BD today??? if it is, have a Woofing wonderful day, if not, have a woofing wonderful day anyway! :-)

    delia & Kitty =^..^=

  • Good Morning F & S

    I miss one day and all hell breaks out. Franny I feel so bad for you I hope your eye gets better fast. I hope it doesn't hurt too much :( Just try and relax so it heals fast.

    Sharkey my sister Precious did the same thing with her nail. She was laying on top the bed and mom tried to pull the comforter down and it caught her nail - blood all over the place. Make sure you keep the bandage on so it heals. I'll tell you what getting old is a bitch - we never had all these health issues as kids.

    Mom had a golf tournament yesterday and had to leave the house really early. She came home happy she won her match. She plays again on Friday so I won't be posting till later in the day.

    G.K. you better take good care of your sisters and make sure they don't lick or they'll never get those silly cones off their heads.

    Hey Glue Squad - make sure you ask Chloe what she did to her mom's bush in the yard (hahaha) I think she needs more boot camp ;)

    Zoe

  • Good morning ladies,
    All your work sure will help the peonies stand up straight & tall! Wilmer did a fine job. It does remind me of cats cradle.
    Sure hope you both are starting to feel better. Sharkey, sure hope there's no owwie when the change your dressing. Frannie, you sure seem used to the cone! Sitting so still & watching Wilmer work.
    We had a little excitement yesterday. Lots of thunder & lightning & even a small twister. Mimi took me outside when the downpour stopped & I was just about to pee when the sirens went off again! I scampered right back into the house shaking like a leaf! The Reifstecks lost a garage on their farm & that was all the damage done here.
    All's clear today & I'm going to take my morning nap!
    Have a great day everybody!
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Flowers are a lot of work for you two. Why isn’t GK putting the twine in the top eyelets? He is taller than you are and wouldn’t have to use a stepstool. I’ll bet he is in the house close to a cold air vent. That’s where I like to nap, so he most likely does that too. Many have asked about my itching: Well here goes. When I go outside I get some flees on me. When they bite me, they die. But I am allergic to the flee saliva, worse than most animals are. That causes me to itch and I then scratch or bite. Scratching doesn’t do much, but my teeth really can do a number on me. We wouldn’t have flees if those darn cats, and squirrels, would stay out of my yard. All it takes is just one flee bite and I’m back with the “cone.”
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends, &G.K.+Glue Squad, You two girls sure did have fun out there in the peony patch trying to help Wilmer form the cat's cradle in the garden! Sharkey, thanks so much for all the info about protecting those beautiful peony blossoms that should pop out pretty soon! Franny, you looked so calm helping Wilmer-sure hope your eye is improving! Also hope your foot feels better, Sharkey! So great to read so many wonderful Glue Squad comments again today. Cora-Belle, happy 16th on May 16th-terrific! Maddox, it rains where I live a lot-yuck! Lynn, sure hope your dental visit goes well! Delia and Kitty, sure hope your day goes well! Zoe, your Mom sure is a great golfer! Rebel, sure hope you don't have any more thunder&lightning! I don't like it either! Kirby, sure hope those darn fleas go away and you don't get any more bites from them! I'm lucky we don't have any right now and hopefully never! Hope all of you have a great, safe, wonderful day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi everyone. Lots of rain here last night and this morning the humidity has arrived. UGH! Thank goodness no more new bad news has been posted today. Hope it continues. Kirby, you poor thing, we need to find a new way to keep those pesty flees off of you. Rebel, happy to hear you are okay after the twister. It's always sad to see the damage and lost afterwards. Peonies are a lovely flower. My Mommie Janie selected them as one of her wedding flowers. They come in many pretty shades now. Mama Martha, your farm is so lovely, Frenchies and GK, you are very lucky to have such nice homes. How are the kitties and the donks.
    High Paws and Happy Wednesday to Everyone
    Little Lola

  • Good afternoon Maddox, G.K., Francesca,Sharkey, Lynn, Birthday Girl Corabelle and all-
    What a beautiful farm. We loved seeing the frenchie girls helping Wilmer with the peonies. It must be very pretty when they all bloom. Sharkey, you are looking good lady. Hope both of you get better fast so you can have adventures without cones.
    Lynn good luck with the dentist. My mom loves the Kentucky Derby and we are still researching horses. I want a beautiful horse named A Dog's Tail to win. Yes, Maddox I would definately place my bets in biscuits. Happy early birthday Wonder Woman Cora Belle! We love hearing about your adventures. Stay safe Rebel, those twisters are scary. Zoe, congrats on your mom's great golfing. Kirby we hope you stop itching soon. Herman the cat heard coyotes fighting in the back yard last night and woke me up. Off to nap before work. Love and high paws to all my glue squad buddies- Abby the frenchie pug

  • OOPS!! Mom made me pick another horse because my favorite is not in the derby! So I am picking Sabercat in honor of Nicky, Kris, Kitty, Herman and all our cat friends. She is in love with a horse named Daddy Nose Best. Gorgeous horses in the derby. Yeah, we really have the fever for derby week. Any glue squad members in Kentucky??
    Take care all and enjoy - Abby the frencie pug

  • Hi Girls,

    Franny you better be careful not to get your "shade" stuck in those strings. My mom has those same flowers coming up in her yard. She was surprised they were coming up with all the digging I do in the garden :)
    Zoe, you keep your mouth shut :) You are no angel yourself. Mom tells me some stories about you too. LOL That azalea had it coming. It was blocking my view looking out at the kids while they played hockey in the driveway. LOL
    I got up into Abbie's room yesterday. Had a quick visit with Lily the rabbit before mom saw me in there and almost had a heart attack :) And today I had another follow up training class with John. I heard him tell mom he is coming to my house next time. :( I better be really good.

    Well off to take a nap. Those classes really make me tired.

    Have a great day everyone.

    Chloe xx

  • ..back again, Abby and Herman the cat watch out for those yodel dogs (coyotes) they can be trouble..My dear big sister Ivy, the wonder dog absolutely hated coyotes and went after them every chance she got, thankful she never got hurt..Lola, you are right peonies come in lots of pretty colors..we just do red...Kirby, sorry to hear about the flea salvia..that has to be miserable..Yikes, Rebel, thank goodness I do not live in twister country..Zoe, James used to play golf..but has too many health issues now to play..he misses playing...Delia..my birthday is not till the 16th..but since Lucinda thinks my being 16 is a big deal..she is getting me goodies every day till the big event..today, it was a couple of big fluffy dog cushions to put along side the bed..because sometimes in the night I roll over and fall on the floor..so now i will land on something soft...thanks Maddox, that was exactly what I thought when I got my new collar yesterday..Dudley..is spring ever coming to our great state?..Lynn and everyone have a great day..love you all, Cora-Belle

  • Ooh I do remember playing 'cats cradles' as a youngster. However, I never really mastered it. I was much better at playing jacks and chasing the cute boys! :)

    Wilmer is very proficient with that string.

    I'm hoping each day the two of you feel better...

    Thinking of you always...

    gail

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