We have it growing all over our little acre.
Shortly after we moved here, we discovered that one of our neighbors had a daughter that had lived here.
Sometimes our neighbor would help her with the mowing. Which definitely breaks up the leaves and stems.
Well let's just say she definitely did not have any cat blood in her. She would cough and sneeze to the point of gaging .
Well it don't have that effect on me. I find it rather refreshing. I don't mow all of it off, I keep some in the garden but I have never made a tea from it.
I will now.
Sometimes I fight with those monsters heh heh heh. maybe it will ward them off!
I agree with Critter on the skunky smell of the catnip but if you have ever been sprayed by the real thing, then it isn't so bad. LOL
I'm not very proud of the incident. Lets just leave it with, my next older brother, egged me into helping him catch one. - - -
When we got close to the house, Mom made us strip down to nothing and set a wash tub outside for us to take a bath, before even allowing us to even get near. The soap was lye soap too.
I have avoided any confrontations of that type since.
I have one other incident involving a skunk, that still brings a little laughter to my heart.
My oldest daughter and I had gone after a set of kitchen cabinets, that were given to us. My old pickup at the time was an old Studebaker pickup, with a 7-1/2' bed.
The load turned out to be 12'. since the trip was close to 60 miles I decided to go ahead with the extra length, which made the front wheels a little light and naturally I had to go a wee bit slow.
Well about half way home, we were meeting another car, in the middle of my side of the road, was a very large skunk. I didn't dare swerve to miss it and also there was another car right on my
( bumper), so to speak. I done the only thing I could saftly do, I strattled it mid center and heard thump thump thump. Checking the rear view mirror, I noticed we no longer had a car right on our bumper. It had dropped Waaaayyyy back!
As we continued on our way we did the natural thing. Sniff, Sniff Sniff. - - -Didn't smell a thing. We opened the windows, didn't smell a thing. We pulled off the road to check things out.
It was then that we realized what had happened and why the other car had dropped so far back! As that car went by then and only then did we notice the strong aroma of his encounter.
We laughed about it the rest of the way home. Then when Dawn was trying to tell her mother, she couldn't stop laughing long enough to get more than three words out.
I doubt that that person ever followed quite as close to another vehicle ever again.
I sure am glad you clarified the bath thing, Russ...I had a few of those, myself, and swore I would never do that to a child of mine! So it's a good thing neither of mine ever came into close contact with a skunk...not sure what I would have done.
But it's for sure we smell them long before we see them.
Sharon, that Hibiscus is really bright! I believe our city has the hibiscus for our 'city flower', because it grows really well here & the nurseries sell alot of different kinds. We have 1 in our yard, should have more. I like your Texas Star, & I'm glad you have 'a little bit of Texas' up there in Kentucky. =)
I tried growing a Texas Star. It was doing well all summer and fall.
But the winter proved too much for it. I lost a few other bushes last winter too as we didn't have the snow cover we normally do. I'm writing that off to a winter kill. Next time I try, I will mulch it real good and give it a little more protection.
There are a few of the survive in the city but that may be due to all the heat loss from all the buildings Not sure though as a couple friends, same weather zone, have them. I'll try one more. If it fails, well lets just say I won't kill any more.
We were at my Aunts funeral today. Done a lot of visiting with cousins and the like. My next older brother was there, ( full of it as usual) and the story was brought up. A cousin from Northern CA brought it up about the time we needed taller boots.Funny thing, dear brother tried to say it was me who wanted to catch the skunk. Well I set that story straight! LOL
Even that cousin reminded him of some of the things he had pulled on him, so the shoe was placed on the right foot, so to speak.
Well we're getting off the subject but she will be missed by many.
Heaven has been presented one wonderful soul. Her memory will live on, in all the hearts that loved her.
I am inclined to start getting away from anything that has to have bulbs or tubers to dig and over winter but then my garden would be rather limited.
My sister in law, thinned out her hybrid iris bed, and gave us 2 five gallon buckets of rhizomes. That put on my hands and knees a quite a while. Now I need to work up new area to move a few of them. Kind of a few here and a few there. I think that will take me a while. lol
But I will still try one more time to get a hibiscus that will survive here.
And I promise- - - - no skunk hunting!!!!!!
Not my photo, but funny.
Oh no, They stay out, it don't hurt them to freeze.
When I got them, I didn't have a spot ready for them. I hurriedly planted them in the veggie garden. Now that I have seen all the different colors, I have an idea of how I would like them in different areas around the yard. It may take me forever but if I do a few at a time I'll see if it fits then go on from there.