35 adorable garden pets

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 09:36 08/08/2014

Check your flowerbed. Monitor your vege patch. Scrutinise your shrubbery. For something unusual may be sprouting there: a garden pet.

They sprout at will, these garden pets. They'll turn up anywhere, especially where a little privacy is to be had or a slant of winter sunlight heats the ground.

They may turn up where you don't really want them, and they may leave a bodily imprint or a clawed inscription behind. But you could hardly call them pests - they're just too endearing.

The first in today's collection of garden pets is Zorro. I wonder if he earned his name through his clawsmanship.

zorro

The sweet-faced, much loved but recently departed Devaki. 

devaki

Lola's nearly lost in the grass. 

lola

Vader looms in the greenery. RIP Vader. 

vader

Leo seeks camouflage. 

leo

Hamlet and Wiley feel cheated. They hid behind that tuft of grass, yet you can still see them? 

hamlet and wiley

Ginger in the wild: Rusty. 

rusty

Bella pauses during a bit of garden play. 

bella

Basil's sheltered place in the sun. 

basil

Floyd finds a fine natural pillow. 

floyd

Marvie's elevated observation deck. 

marvie

Phoebe patrols the fenceline. Halt, who went there?

phoebe

Nalin has found a tabby background. 

nalin

Greebo refuses to answer any dandelion questions. 

greebo

Bella hangs out with her friends, the veges. 

bella

That dead tree was lying in the garden. Hence, Mjolnir hid in it. How could a cat do otherwise? 

mjolnir

Nelly thought this shady corner would be free of paparazzi. 

nelly

Lui loves to accompany his chief of staff, Ruth, around the garden. Ruth says Lui "scratches all the trees and sometimes attempts to climb this one but usually only makes it halfway". I'll bet Lui still feels like a hero, though. 

lui

Walter's lost in a dream. Why couldn't mum have named him Tarzan? Oh well, "Walter of the jungle" it'll have to be.

walter again 

Ever seems to be keeping an ancient secret.

ever

Maggie makes her sure-footed way back to a more comfy place. 

maggie

Paddington is sure he heard, smelled or saw something. When they're out in the garden and coping with a rush of sensory information, can cats even distinguish between their various senses?  

paddington

Holly wishes they'd get a mowing contractor in. 

holly

Missy Moo does a creditable impression of a potato. 

missy moo

Izzie could add ornamental value to any garden. 

izzie

Does a puppy count as "hard landscaping"? Tiberius is anything but hard. 

tiberius

Moxie adopts a thoughtful, rustic pose.  

moxie

Splendour in the grass: Harry. When he took up his new home, Harry was thought to be fully grown, as shown in this photo. Little did his owners realise that this Norwegian Forest Cat-cross would expand into a 9kg-plus monster! 

harry

More splendour: Rangi. Check out those massive Maine Coon paws.

rangi

Sasha and Freya think they're part of the orderly garden layout. 

sasha

Your garden is watching you: Neo.

Neo

Finally, who knew that dogs grew on trees? That's Scarlett flowering from the shrub, and Nelly (seen earlier) standing by.  

nelly plus

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