Jon came home with the Spiderwort and lily, because Minnie has been using part of the back porch garden as her own private bathroom.
I can understand how convenient it must be for her.
She sleeps all day on the cushion under the table on the porch and just a few steps away is an area of soft soil cover in wood chips (where I planted a mess of Zinnia seeds). It’s like having a bathroom next to the bedroom.
I thought if I had some big plants, that would make Minnie find another place to do her business. But then I looked at the place in the garden she hasn’t been peeing. The place where the seed are growing, but can still be easily scratched up by a cat’s paw.
If I took Minnie’s bathroom away she could easily move to the next best place.
So instead of putting the plants in Minnie’s bathroom, I surround her bathroom with them. Now, the patch of dirt where nothing will grow is under the birdbath and surrounded by plants. A compromise instead of a potentially, ongoing battle between Minnie and me.