These people might not have a green thumb, but their results are much cuter.
Around this colder time of the year there isn’t much that gardeners can do when their plants wither away or go into dormant phases for the winter. But as the weather cools, some lucky gardeners happen to notice something different in their pots.
Taking a closer look, they see it has some heft and an array of colors. Is it some sort of cross pollination with a neighbor’s plant? Finally, up close, they see what has set up shop in their flower pots.
ガーデニングの記録 ハーブの苗つぶされる→悔しいので砂利を敷く（効果ナシ）→悔しいので木を植える（効果ナシ）→木が大きくなる（他のハーブを植えた鉢に移動）→このベランダには猫しか生えないと悟る。 https://t.co/dpGC6tYUHz—
関口かんこ (@pkb5648) November 26, 2016
It’s cats! Could anything be cuter than a group of felines curled up in the mess of soil and failed greenery? @pkb5648, the Twitter user who posted the above, joked that the only thing she was able to grow on her veranda was a horde of cats. Other Twitter users quickly joined in with a chorus of, “Hey, me too!”
▼ “They’ve popped up in my planters too.”
占術師sruxtiしるてぃー (@sruxtix) November 27, 2016
▼ “With enough fertilizer, water and sunlight,
I grew this cute thing – a potted cat!”
充分な肥料と水と日光。 可愛く育ってね！ プランター猫さん🐾 (☝︎ ՞ਊ ՞)☝︎ https://t.co/1e35bznBx0—
nana (@nanao148) November 26, 2016
▼ “A cat sprouted out of my pot.”
ウル@１日目ヨ－48a (@uru0301) November 14, 2016
You are unlikely to find these variety of plants in a store. Although you might find them in a free range, all organic local farmer’s market.
▼ “How lucky! I have a cat growing out of my potted plants too!”
やすこ(ウガン) (@swif1109road) November 14, 2016
▼ “This happens to me all the time. I’ve even seen the cat
get into a hanging potted plant I had over the front door.”
イワトベナイペンギン（TAKU） (@taku_ymd) November 14, 2016
As for why a cat might enjoy an outdoor flower pot to nap in over any other available space, there might be a couple of reasons. The first is that when sunlight hits the rocks and dark soil, it creates a very warm surface to plop down in. The second is that cats feel protected in objects that surround their body, so a flower pot with a little lip all around them is purr-fect! If potted cats are the only thing you have to show for a year of gardening, we must admit, that’s still pretty impressive.
And best of all, the coveted potted cat blooms every year, as evidenced by some similarly adorable photos taken last year.