Tag Archive: catnip


Throughout the summer (2015) I kept my eyes open for butterflies and tried my best to get as much footage as I could. I’m pretty happy with some of the close up shots that I got. Okay.. so one of the butterflies in the video was from a couple years ago, but I think it fits well with the other flutterbyes.

I’m not sure what kind of butterflies they are, I did some quick google searches to guess at what they may be. Correct me if I’m wrong 😀

Here are some still frames of the butterflies:

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“Tiger Swallowtail” Butterfly surrounded by colorful wax begonia flowers

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“Tiger Swallowtail” Butterfly enjoying some apple blossoms

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“Cabbage Butterfly” On a flowering catnip bush

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“Cabbage Butterfly” On a flowering catnip bush (on my patio!)

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“Lorquin’s Admiral” In a pear tree

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I’m not sure, is this the “Painted Lady” Butterfly

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This one was on the barkchips, Could this be a “Painted Lady” Butterfly

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“Common Dart Butterfly” on some Lavender Flowers

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“Common Dart Butterfly” on some Lavender Flowers

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Two “Pearl Crescent” Butterflies … ahem!

Here is a video I recorded in late summer this year of my catnip plant harvest:

Needless to say I smelled just like catnip for the rest of the day. In fact, it was such a powerful smell that I didn’t really want to touch catnip again for at least a week! About a month after this video was made I went back with my clippers and cut the rest of the bush up since it didn’t reflower, I left enough for the plant to grow a little and (hopefully) survive the winter.

Since I harvested catnip… and I have 3 cats, you know what is coming next.

Thats right! Yet another video of my cats enjoying catnip! Hooray!!

For some reason Nice Guy never joins these social events. He is more of a private nip eating kinda guy. Oh well, Lisa and Kyoko really seemed to enjoy themselves.

I harvested some catnip leaves from our plant and air dried them for Mr. Nice Guy to enjoy.

Here is his reaction:

Here he is a bit later:

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Quite content, as you can see : )

The cats have found the catnip bush in the garden and Kyoko is the first to claim it as his own with great big Kyo-hugs.

His mood is soured when Lisa comes into the picture and wants some of that fragrant catnip for herself.

 

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This year in growing catnip from seed, it looks like it is doing well. So I decided to prune off the tops of each stem to promote branching out.

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Purr Purr!

I knew that a certain someone would enjoy eating that bunch of nip clippings.

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She means me, right?

No! Not you, Lisa.

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He likes those fresh leaves.

As I began feeding him the leaves and playing with him Lisa sat about a foot away.. giving us such an unimpressed look.

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Really, Nice Guy? Aren’t you too old to be playing like that.

Of course I was planning on giving her some of the catnip all along. But when I did this is what happened:

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*Awkward Silence*

Oh come on Lisa! Nice Guy isn’t some sort of toxic chemical plant. You can share…

No, no, no. I couldn't possibly eat that. Nice Guy breathed on it.

No, no, no. I couldn’t possibly eat that. Nice Guy breathed on it.

*Heavy Breathing*

*Heavy Breathing*

Today marks the 10th birthday of my sweetie boy Mr. Nice Guy!

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He woke me at 3 am to remind me of the occasion,  it isn’t like him to wake me. That is usually Kyoko and Lisa’s specialty. Of course I gave him a big hug and he purred and insisted upon being petted.
He got a special catnip carrot today and some lovely treats.

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Oh boy a carrot!

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Wait… this doesn’t taste like carrot.

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This is better than carrot!

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Now its a hat!

…Things kind of got a little out of hand but he’s the birthday boy, so its ok.

Cats just love their catnip toy mice, this is what I imagine they would do after a “hard day of work”.
Catnip Toy MouseThey would come home, plop down on their pile of pillows then chew and bunny kick their stuffed toy to pieces!

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