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Pumpkin Explores the Mallow Patch

You met Pumpkin before in , but today I want to show her in action. She was an active hunter. In these photos she is exploring a patch of mallows on our Templeton property. Below she is entering the mass of mallow plants, trying to determine which path she will take.

I took the photo.

I am watching, just to see what she will do. I love observing outside when they are exploring. They remind me of their wild cousins, especially if they are hunting. I wasn't sure if Pumpkin was going hunting or not here. It appears she isn't sure herself in this picture below.

I took the photo.

Perhaps all she wants to do is smell the . Or maybe she's trying to determine if any gophers may be around, under all those plants. For sure she is taking a good whiff of her surroundings. Who knows? Maybe she will eat some of a leaf, just as she sometimes nibbles on grass. Mallow is very nutritious, even for humans. We make good use of that patch ourselves and harvest the leaves for salad and cooking. They are best at this stage when they have not yet matured enough to flower. You can see how high these are compared to the size of Pumpkin's body.

I took the photo.

Do you like to watch cats explore outside?

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MegL wrote on August 5, 2014, 2:32 PM

We have a pond in our garden and lots of very tall plants and our cat and the neighbour's cat love exploring there. The frogs don't enjoy it though!

Scorpie wrote on August 5, 2014, 2:36 PM

Those look like geranium leaves. Nice kitty.

JanetJenson wrote on August 5, 2014, 2:55 PM

Pumpkin is such a cutie. I love to watch cats doing just about anything just about anywhere. Cats are my thing, next after plants, of course, so your post here combines my two interests.

Ellis wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:39 PM

Whatever animals are doing they are always interesting to watch...

AliCanary wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:42 PM

I do like to watch cats explore, although I keep mine indoors for their safety. I've never had mallow before--what does it taste like?

BarbRad wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:18 PM

I can imagine the frogs would not be fond of pussycats encroaching on their habitat. I used to have a pond at our first house, but no cats.

BarbRad wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:23 PM

They do look a bit like geranium leaves, but they aren't. They aren't even in the same plant family.

BarbRad wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:28 PM

I can't remember. Do you ever use mallow in recipes? It makes a good spinach substitute.

BarbRad wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:31 PM

Very true. The nice thing about watching animals is that they don't seem to mind and accuse you of being nosy. If they mind, they just hide or run away.

BarbRad wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:34 PM

Truthfully, mallow doesn't have much taste of its own. It can be used instead of spinach raw in salads or cooked in soups and stir fries. It's very nutritious. You can dry it, grind it, and use it as a thickener in stews and such.

LoudMan wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:39 PM

I could watch cats mess around all day. I'm also addicted to watching a dog chase their own tail. Thanks for this submission into the contest.

AliCanary wrote on August 5, 2014, 8:53 PM

Oh, cool! Actually not having much of a taste is not a bad thing--a lot of greens taste very bitter to me, and I prefer something mild. Thanks!

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 12:25 AM

I don't have much contact with dogs except listening to the neighbor's dog bark.

JanetJenson wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:26 AM

Actually, I was completely unfamiliar with mallow until I read about it in your post! But now I will be on the lookout for some to try! It sounds like my kind of edible "weed."

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 12, 2014, 3:52 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. Pumpkin looks like my sister, Norma, who is in kitty heaven now, except Norma didn't wear socks. When do the marshmallow blooms appear on the mallow plants?