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:
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.
This month I have been to two garden club plant sales and I wanted to show you my haul. Or loot.
On April 6, 2013, I went to the Jacksonville Garden Club’s Blooms Galore & More sale in our historic Riverside neighborhood. I added these two to my Bromeliad Garden:
Plus this Angel Wing Begonia (on left) and a Toad Lily (on right). I had been patiently lusting after a Toad Lily so I was beside myself to find one for $3. I can’t wait to see what kind of bloom it will have. If it has spots I’ll be happy.
On April 27, 2013, I went to the Mandarin Garden Club’s Plant Sale & Garden Festival across the river. I try not to go over the Buckman Bridge any more than necessary ever since the first car went over the railing and into the drink. After the second car went over, I thought about walking the bridge but with my luck, I’d trip over a tin can and throw myself into the drink.
I wanted to arrive at 8 a.m. when the doors opened but it didn’t happen. Just as well since I wanted some of the BBQ. Fab-O BBQ! One of the vendors had an interesting cloth corn and baked potato bag. It seems you can cook baked potatoes in your microwave INSIDE the cloth bag and it will taste like a real baked potato rather than a microwaved potato. A word of caution: sweet potatoes might not be the tater to nuke in these bags. One of the Garden Club members admitted to setting her cloth bag and the inside of her microwave on fire with a sweet potato. Didn’t phase her a bit, she was going to get a new Baked Potato Bag before the day was over.
Here’s my plant loot from the Mandarin Garden Club, going counterclockwise from left to right:
Starting with the light green plant which is a Scented Geranium of the Peppermint variety. I had no idea there were several kinds of scented geraniums which proves that you should hit at least one of Linda Cunningham’s sales each year. I had earlier gotten a different scented geranium from her
Two Black and Blue Salvia
Blooming Larkspur that has not been hybridized according to Linda Cunningham
Juncus – the tall, dark green spikey thing. What can I say? It Caught My Eye.
Purple Passion Vine
Yellow ‘Lutia’ Passion Vine
Vicks plant that smells like Vicks VapoRub. Why would anyone want a plant smelling up their yard like Vicks VapoRub? I thought it was just the thing for me. People have been telling me for years that I ain’t right. A Vicks VapoRub plant removes all doubt.
I also picked up some Catmint at Cunningham’s booth. I’d heard that old line about cats liking the stuff and I wanted to see if it was true. If it was, my cats would be happy and they couldn’t crab about me not bringing them anything. So here’s what happened: first, I watered it because the soil was really dry. Set it on the edge of the porch. Whiskey checked it out immediately and with great interest. Big Foot, who was lying two feet away, suddenly got up and slapped the living daylights out of Whiskey and took over the plant, burying his face in it. I’ve never seen the likes. I checked on the poor plant a few hours later and this is what was left of it: