Thursday in my garden

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.Butterfly bush flower

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).

SunflowerThe 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.

Daylily pre-bloom

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.

DayLily in bloom

Here’s a close-up of a flower.

Daylily

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.

Society of Feline Gardeners badge

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

 

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15 Responses to Thursday in my garden

  1. Your flowers are beautiful, Raven. And thanks for reminding us about how toxic lilies are to us cats.

  2. William says:

    What a lovely tour! We had a butterfly bush a long time ago when we had the house and we got to watch all the butterflies visit. Do you get to see that too?

    • Raven says:

      We occasionally get a butterfly, but not very often. I do get a lot of hummingbirds because mom puts out feeders.

  3. Summer says:

    What a nice garden! When I go on walks, my human rarely allows me to sniff any plants because she is never sure which ones aren’t good for me!

  4. Brian says:

    Your garden sure is pretty! We do have a butterfly bush but it’s too far away from us for us to know if it ever grows a butterfly.

  5. pilch92 says:

    Very nice garden, thanks for the tour. We love daylillies too, we have bought several from a place in Vermont called Olallies, they have a catalog too. Good idea to warn everyone that they are poisonous to kitties.

  6. Connie says:

    You have a very lovely garden, I love butterfly bushes because they smell lovely.

  7. Mum loves gardening too. Your flowers are beautiful, Raven, thank you for the garden tour ! And your sunflower is already blooming ? Ours are only 50 cm high for the moment : we have to wait one month to see the first flower ! Purrs

  8. I would love to plant a garden JUST FOR CATS, but I am woefully uneducated. I see how Sweetie likes to sleep under the hosta plants when it’s hot; the big leaves make for cool shade. I also watch Patty hide under the branches of the neighbor’s evergreen, and I think they would like having more shrubs in the winter to hide behind.

  9. DezizWorld says:

    Yous have a gawjus gawden Raven. And da day lily is just bootyful. Enjoy and have a wunnewful day.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  10. Annie says:

    What a lovely garden you have, Raven. Thanks of the tour! Thanks also for the information on lilies being poisonous to kitties.

  11. BZ Dogs says:

    Your garden looks so fresh and green! We’re dought-ing out here and everything is drab and brown 🙁

  12. What a lovely garden! Thank you for the warning about the lilies.

  13. Love to see pictures from your garden !
    In mom’s dad’s garden there are hundreds of yellow daylillies that start’s to bloom now 🙂

    XOXO

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