Here’s Some More Wednesday Sunshine

The weather is really in the Cinderella zone for me right now. Warmish, sunny days that aren’t too hot. Nice, well behaved clouds in the sky that sometimes drop a little rain with some rumbles of thunder, but nothing really scary like hail and tornados. I’ve been working outside a little every day and I’m making progress on the yards. Today I tried to grab some pictures to show the emerging life out there; a huge bumblebee and some butterflies stopped by, but they were too dodgy for me to grab a picture. My usual squirrel companion was taking a nap somewhere and nowhere in sight. Still, there is life just waiting to bust out all over in my yards. I did find this…

My catmint plant has doubled in size in the last week and is now covered in buds waiting to burst open. As soon as they do it will be a bee party out there!

This is the first year that this catmint plant will not have a cat munching on its leaves and sleeping in its shade. It’s kind of bittersweet to see the plant doing so well without the cat abuse. I have begun the hunt for a new kitten; I applied to adopt a couple of kittens this week, but it looks like it is a long shot right now as lots of other people also applied. (Okay, they are too cute for words, and I am dying that I’m not likely to get them…). There will be more kittens, and in time this plant will again have a feline companion.

Right now the bees are swarming my viburnum shrub. My next door neighbor trimmed the shrub down to a more reasonable size yesterday but there are still lots of blooms for the bees and those photo-shy butterflies.
The most exciting event of the day, however, was my tree out back had its leaves bust out overnight! Yay! Shade over my favorite reading spot is right around the corner!!

Things are definitely picking up outside. My neighbors are repairing the fences between our yards and I’m doing what I can to help. Mostly I loan tools and hand over money. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to get lots of weeding done before the heat arrives next month. Gosh, these windows of moderate weather are so brief here… with some luck flower beds will be weeded and sprinkled with flower seeds in the next couple of weeks.

Good days in a sad time continue.

Have a good week, everyone. Be safe.


Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

28 thoughts on “Here’s Some More Wednesday Sunshine”

  1. Thanks for the pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never heard catnip refered to as catmint before. ๐Ÿค” I wonder if it will grow where I live.

  2. Iโ€™ll keep my fingers crossed some kittens arrive soon for you. My cats didnโ€™t seem to like catnip, but my mumโ€™s cat Minnie would get super high on the stuff. Catnip is in the mint family where is why it is often sold as catmint as well.

    1. I just heard back from them… my application was approved and they will send me info on how to meet the kitties. They maintain strict Covid protocols, so it all sounds good!!!

  3. My catmint is blooming and starting to take off. My husband looked at a garden in our back yard and thought things did not survive over the winter. I told him to give it a week since we had some cold weather. He went out today and was so pleased to see things sending out buds.

  4. I had a planter full of catnip at the apartment – it looked different from your catmint. Of course, it was ragged and chewed by neighbor cats. That may have stunted it. Your catmint is much taller.

    1. I googled about these two plants, catnip and catmint, and discovered that they are related but different plants
      Catmint is more ornamental, but cats love the more ragged catnip more. They love to burrow into and eat catmint, however!!

  5. Your catmint photo is gorgeous. We havenโ€™t had a flowering mint for a long time for the very reasons you describe. I hope you find a new kitty to share your home with, soon. I wonder if a slightly older cat might be easier to find? Best of luck either way. I hope your lovely weather continues.

    1. I just heard back from the adoption agency and I get a kitten!! I just emailed to set up the appointment!! So excited; I told them I want two kittens, and that seems lau with them.

      1. I like to have two cats at a time, too. Sadly, it is not looking too good for those kittens at the moment. I contacted the foster mom as soon as I was given her name, and she responded that she was still waiting on the other people she had send appoints to ahead of me. Nothing more… doesn’t seem like I’ll get one of these as there were only 9 kittens involved.

      2. I think that those kittens are gone as I have never heard back about a time slot to visit them. There will be others… I think that the high kitten season is sometime in June, so there is still lots of time.

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