CUNNINGHAM SPEAKS

Post last updated: October 11th, 2018

I heard from Linda Cunningham who said I seemed to have “confused” Catnip with Catmint which are two different plants. Well gee, I live in a confused state so this came as no surprise. Still, I had to prove to myself that I was confused by checking the label that was in her pot. Sure enough, Catnip. I’m always hopeful that, once in a while, I’m not confused.

Cunningham also said that cats get more excited about Catnip than Catmint and they will almost kill for Cat Thyme. Add this to the encyclopedic list of plants I have never heard about. She even had a personal story about Cat Thyme.  Seems she brought a Cat Thyme plant home one day, took it out of the car, sat it on the step going into her house and hurried in with the groceries. When she came back out, the plant was upside down and ruined. It had not survived the stray black cat that cruised the neighborhood.

My Catnip is not going to survive my cats, either:

Catnip after cat attack-1476
Catnip moments after my cats attacked it

 

Catnip the very next day
Catnip the very next day

My Larkspur, according to Cunningham, needs full sun to develop seeds for next year. In other words, if the rest of you get some Larkspur, don’t put it in the shade.  The plant will re-seed or can be collected for planting in late August.  She lets hers go to seed and any strays are moved into the sunny garden with some worm castings or light fertilizer.  In Florida, she said we get cold enough in early November for them to start growing, continuing to grow through the cool days of January and February, and begin blooming late March until May. The Larkspur I got from her came from her friend B. O’Toole in Madison. O’Toole has been growing them on her herb farm for years. Purchased seeds usually do not get to market early enough to get them planted and some are hybrids that do not self-seed.

She had a few words on Scented Geraniums that I want to pass along. They do not deter biting bugs. Yes, all that good information is wrongly out there but science has proven the theory invalid according to her friend Art Tucker, Ph.D., (Delaware St. University), who has spent his life researching herbs and why they smell like they do.

6 thoughts on “CUNNINGHAM SPEAKS”

  1. I once planted catnip in the afternoon in a windowbox. Next morning, the box was hanging by one end, half the dirt spilled out, and ALL the catnip gone.

  2. Cat thyme? I’ve never heard of that either! I have planted catmint before, but no outdoor cats seemed to bother it. I certainly don’t bring any of these plants inside, though – I have a cat that both consumes any houseplant I bring in and also loves the dried catnip. A live catnip plant would never make it! Good luck with yours!

    1. Indie – I can’t believe you came by to visit with everything that is going on in your life right now. I have done very minimal research on the web about Cat Thyme since learning of it myself. The botanical name is Teucrium marum and it is one of ten herbs beneficial to cats. I haven’t yet tried to find seeds for it.

    1. Most interesting, Charlie. Today, I finally planted what was left of the catnip. Big Foot saw me pick it up and FOLLOWED me to see where I was going with it. Now one of my two cats knows where to find the catnip. My cats are mostly outdoor cats. I’ve heard it rains a lot in Seattle. If I was a cat in Seattle, I wouldn’t want to be rolling around in WET catnip. Thanks for telling me your experience with catnip.

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