When I was reading Cory Cat Blog I saw something called the Society of Feline Gardeners. My mom does lots of gardening and sometimes I’m allowed in the garden to investigate what’s growing, so I hope it’s ok for any kitty to join the society and share our garden treasures. On Sunday I showed you the pretty flowers on my hydrangea plant and today I wanted to share more of the flowers that are blooming in my garden.
This is the flower from a Butterfly Bush. We used to have three of these plants, but we removed two of them to plant the blueberry garden. This plant is old and getting in the way, so it will probably be removed next year, but for now I’m enjoying the pretty purple flowers.
Then there’s a vibrant yellow sunflower. I’m hoping that when the seeds mature the birds will eat them and I’ll have some entertaining bird tv. Remember the blueberry garden I mentioned? Well, the birds love those fruits so much that they stripped one of the plants bare before mom got to pick any of the berries. They also ate all the raspberries. Recently my “entertainment” has been seeing my mom try to chase the birds away, and it’s not been a pretty sight. Bird tv is much more graceful (and dignified).
The last flower I’ll share is one of our more interesting daylily flowers. We only have one daylily in the back yard where I’m allowed out on a harness, but I’m not allowed near the daylily because it is poisonous to cats. This is a photo in early spring when the plant (in the center) is small and there are lots of small primroses in front.
When the daylily is ready to bloom, it has grown to about 4 feet across and all the spent primroses are covered. The flower show lasts only a few weeks, but that’s part of what makes this plant so special. This plant may get moved to the front yard so I’d never encounter it on my outings.
Here’s a close-up of a flower.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my garden flowers. We have several more daylily varieties in the front garden and I hope mom gets photos of those for you.
Remember, pretty isn’t always safe. All types of Lilies and all parts of the plant – even the pollen - are extremely toxic to cats. “Ingesting any part of the plant can cause complete kidney failure in 36-72 hours. First symptoms appear in a few hours and may include appetite suppression, lethargy, vomiting. Cats are especially sensitive to lily poisoning, so be very careful to keep your cats away from lilies of any kind.” - from UC Davis School of VetMedicine