Hi y’all! I’m Fluffy, the nursery cat. I write Banting’s monthly gardening blog.

As the resident expert in all things nature, I use the power of the pen to entertain my audience and deliver informative content. (I am also getting paid extra in cat treats) 

I hope you enjoy my updates and of course come visit me at Banting’s. I always enjoy a pet!

September 2019

Where is the fall weather? This is blasphemy. Fall is the time for planting, but let’s face it we are in Louisiana and the cooler weather has not yet arrived.

I’ve highly considered migrating north for the summer as my fur is thick and luxurious. I’m not designed for this Louisiana heat. My humans claim I don’t have the money to move north…..little do they know. Regardless, I grace them with my presence year-round as I know they cannot run the nursery without me.

Moving on to gardening news. Fall is the time for planting, but you need to wait to add those cool season bedding plants to your garden until late September- early October. Of course, a garden would not be complete without plants, so now is the time to rip out your finished summer annuals (might I suggest a dog’s help? The mangy mutts are good for something) and plant more warm-season bedding plants or heat tolerant cool-season plants like snapdragons and petunias.


Fall Festivals

Banting’s is participating in two fall festivals. Hmphh…I wasn’t invited. My humans say that it’s sure to be a fun time with plenty of fall decor like mums, pumpkins, crotons, ornamental peppers, and more. Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Folsom Fall Garden Festival- Saturday, September 28th

8:30am-2:30pm Midland Church Park Highway 25 N, Folsom LA

New Orleans Fall Garden Festival- Saturday & Sunday, October 5th & 6th

Sat 10am-5pm New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park

Sun 10am-4pm


Mum Report

Mums are growing larger everyday! We expect blooms mid to late October!

Even though I do not reside at the Lacombe in Banting’s, my other cat minions live there. Visit our mum growing operation in Lacombe.


Time to Seed Vegetables!

You may think September is a dull month, well never fear, you can still seed vegetables in your garden for a bountiful harvest this fall! Banting’s offers a variety of vegetable seeds at both locations in Lacombe and Bridge City. Of course, you must come by the Bridge City location as I reside there and I’m fabulous. Vegetables to seed in September include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bruseels sprouts, collards, mustard greens, kale, kohlrabi, and turnips.

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V.I.P. Coupon Club

My humans crafted a unique way for you to save money. I have a weakness for a good coupon, so I to am a member. Watch the video to learn how to sign up. (It’s a simple text message. Even a dog can do it….maybe.)


August 2019

Ugh….Have I told you how much I hate the sweltering heat and pesky bugs? Fall needs to arrive now.

Cool off Indoors with a Houseplant

I’ve spent most of my time with my humans in the a/c of the office, although I really don’t like paperwork…and they don’t like when I try to help. If you’re like me and need to stay out of the heat, I recommend creating a houseplant oasis for yourself.

Bring the green indoors. My humans grow a large selections of houseplants in the greenhouses. They have even created a video on the benefits of houseplants. Check it out, I’m going indoors to take a brief nap.


Fall is Coming! We are Growing Mums!

My humans get over excited about everything, but they are human.

With fall coming, they are in full growing mode. Mums, mums, and

more mums! Check out the video to view our mum growing operation.

We will also have a large selection of pumpkins and ornamental peppers.


Birthday Surprise!

In case you haven’t signed up to receive Banting’s monthly newsletter, I came up with a brilliant idea! Receive a special surprise on your birthday just for signing up!

You’re welcome. Cats clearly have the best ideas. You won’t be disappointed. Banting’s newsletter is chocked full of events, planting tips, pest i.d., and more. Signup to receive the newsletter and your birthday surprise here: https://lp.constantcontact.com/su/nY6nYui/gardening


July 2019

4th of July has come and gone. America, yes!! Fireworks, no!! I spent the whole night hiding in the greenhouse.

Anyways, onto the monthly news.

Banting’s Coupons for Humans with Opposable Thumbs

My humans wanted me to inform you on their “genius” idea. You can have a weekly Banting’s coupon sent directly to your phone via text. Text BANTINGS1 to 484-848 for Banting’s in Bridge City. Text BANTINGS2 to 484-848 for Banting’s on the Northshore.

I’m not sure what’s so great about phones…although I don’t have opposable thumbs. Blasphemy! If I were a smart human, I would sign up for both coupons. I assume that would mean double the gardening savings?



As it is hot and dry here in Louisiana, make sure to mulch your plants. Mulching helps conserve

moisture and helps to suppress weeds….although mulch always seems to get in my fur!

Watch the video from my human plant experts for more info on proper mulching techniques.


Helpful Products:

Banting’s offers horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps that are a less-toxic option for controlling garden pests.

Pests like aphids…ughh…those little critters are annoying.

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Butterflies & Plumbago

Ahhh….the butterflies do love summertime blooms like Plumbago. The more butterfly plants you add,

the more pollinators you will help. Don’t feel like driving to the store to purchase your pollinator plants?

You can now be just as lazy as me, although I prefer the term regal. Banting’s now offers Free Delivery

via their new online shop. Check back each week for a new selection of plants.