Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Time for Flower Friday Again

Here we go again.
Mom begged us to let her do another post for Flower Friday, so we decided to indulge her--AGAIN.

Here is a daylily that is double or even triple. Another gardener gave these to Mom, but she never learned whether they were a named variety.

Here's another of those doubles for you daylily fans.

Mom really likes her purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and we have a nice patch in the sun.

Uh-oh, Mr. Japanese beetle finds these tasty. Can you see him on the flower in the lower right? Mom picks them off and steps on them.

Then there's good old black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta). It is the state flower for our neighbor Maryland.
A lot of people consider common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) a true weed, but Mom likes the flower and its scent. She's heard that it's toxic to cattle, but it is vital to monarch butterflies--the ones that migrate all the way to Mexico in the fall. She hasn't seen any monarchs yet this year, but she has seen other creatures that it also attracts--bees and other butterflies. This plant also has interesting seed pods after the flowers fade.
We now return you to our regular cat blogging.



At Saturday, July 07, 2007 12:07:00 AM, Blogger DaisyMae Maus said...

Wow! What lovely flowers!

One of these days I'll have to post the flowers that Mom is growin' in her garden ... or maybe a photo of the avocado tree ... or of my 'nip plant ... or even the punkins and sunflowers that are still plants right now, but will be other stuff soon enough!

Thank you for the horticulture, Jake. You are a true renaissance cat.


At Saturday, July 07, 2007 1:31:00 AM, Blogger Tara said...

My mom is glad you let your mom post on the flowers. They are very beautiful!


Darn I didn't win the contest.....

At Sunday, July 08, 2007 4:43:00 AM, Blogger Skeeter & LC said...

Ooh, you have flowery things like we do. Neat!


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