Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Catnip Morning - Holly Hock Reveiw

What a fabulous morning to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee out on the bedroom deck. Of course I had to run back in the house to grab my camera when I saw Holly Hocks Blooming in the wood line and the cats going FANCY in the catnip.

Here is some info on catnip:
Catnip (Nepatia cataria) is a plant native to North America . Fresh leaves of the catnip plant have a mint-like scent, while dried leaves smell like alfalfa. In all members of the cat family, contact with this plant causes a peculiar reaction called the catnip response. The primary active compound is catnip, nepetalactone, is chemically similar to hallucinogens. Catnip is not toxic to pets.

Gracie finds some catnip near the deck steps. Soon to follow is the two other kittens from the same litter.

Gracie seems to be enjoy the herb just a little too much when she starts growling at her siblings as they come by to see what all the excitement is all about.

Random Shots of the Catnip Frenzies this morning off the back bedroom garden.

I maybe a Cat Lover but the true reason I grabbed the Fuji was to take a few shots of the dark holly hock perennial that has bloomed in the wood line that surrounds my master bedroom garden. These seeds were dropped in there last year and I am enjoying the blooms tremendously. Low maintenance and long bloomers these native plants provide.

Off to enjoy the day and get working in the garden.


Sprittibee said...

I love holly hocks. Can't grow them here. :(

LJ said...

Those are the most beautiful hollyhocks! The color is so intense-I wish some birds would leave a surprise like that for me. Ejoy, thanks for sharing the picture!