Friday, August 28, 2015

The Cat and the Catmint

Catmint Leafing Out in Spring, © B. Radisavljevic
Catmint Leafing Out in Spring, © B. Radisavljevic
In Paso Robles I have a pot of catmint in my front flower bed. Every year I cut it back, and in spring the new growth starts. This is how it looks at the beginning  of June when the catmint begins to leaf out again. For a closer look at photos, please click to enlarge them.

Catmint in First Week of July, © B. Radisavljevic
Catmint in First Week of July, © B. Radisavljevic

Once the plant begins to leaf out, it grows fast again. This photo was taken a month later in the first week of July. If you look carefully, you will see the buds for the flowers to come beginning to form.

Catmint Flowers at End of July, © B. Radisavljevic

By the end of July the flower spikes  have formed and you see the small blue or lavender flowers appear. The color of this plant's flowers is lighter than in some other catmint plants, but you can see the faint lavender tinge. It may be that soil conditions are preventing the color from being deeper. It is very dry here and I've not added much to the the soil in the pot in a couple of years.

Black Cat Eating Catmint, © B. Radisavljevic
Logan Eating Catmint, © B. Radisavljevic
Our neighbor's cat Logan does not care how deep the color is. He comes over to steal or beg for the leaves to chew so that he can get drunk on them. He is chewing on a leaf now.

In the photo below, Logan has finished a leaf or two and is definitely under the influence. He will recover and wander home in a few minutes. He will return again. If I'm not here, he knows how to help himself.

Black Cat Under the Influence of Catmint, © B. Radisavljevic
Logan Drunk on Catmint, © B. Radisavljevic
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