Friday, April 17, 2009

Waiting for Catmint

First leaves emerging...

Hurry up and grow!

From summer 2008

Walker's Low Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) is my Rachmaninoff's drug of choice and he’s waiting patiently for his supply to come in. Just the scent of the first leaves emerging in early spring is enough to captivate him― that’s how potent this plant is.

Approaching his 18th birthday on May 6th and still blessed with a long and totally intact memory, Rock enjoys his catmint every summer and can hardly wait for this season’s lush growth to begin.

I love this perennial, named 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. It has the aromatic foliage that Rock loves and sends up a profusion of lavender-blue flowers that bees and butterflies adore.

1 comment:

  1. Our cat Augustus has been sitting on his catnip today. I keep telling him to be patient, but he has already chewed the leaves. I am sometimes surprised it grows at all for him!
    Nice to see Rock still enjoying life:)