Green Thumb Sunday
Being a conscientious pet owner, I want nothing but the best for my furkids. Growing organic catnip is a no-brainer. It’s taken a few years to get it established in my yard. First there was a neighbor’s outdoor cat who adored rolling in and thereby destroying my plants. Then I tried growing it in a container. That kept the cat out but not the squirrels who loved digging on the pot. Catnip is tough, though and a couple of plants managed to survive. They are now growing amongst some iris. I don’t know what it is about the iris that keeps the animals out but so far it is working.
Every year, the Master Gardeners have leftover plants from their sales and I picked up some Lemon catnip (Nepeta cataria citriodora) last year. It’s thriving despite being planted in an open area in the border along the Ugly Green Fence. Even the stray cat who’s feeding station was established right next to it (it was winter and I forgot the lemon catnip was there) has been ignoring it.
It’s now blooming exuberantly. I think of herbs in terms of foliage and am always pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the flowers are.
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