What's Growing Near the Pergola?

Posted by F&S

Yesterday, we Frenchies, gave you a glimpse of what is growing in the vegetable garden and today, Sharkey has a lot to share about what’s growing around and on the pergola.

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Francesca!  Look at the pergola!  There's so much color!

1 Francesca! Look at the pergola! There's so much color!

Well, the cats are sure to be happy.  The nepeta, or catmint, is growing quite well!

2 Well, the cats are sure to be happy. The nepeta, or catmint, is growing quite well!

I don't know what it is exactly about this plant, but supposedly there's something inside of it that binds with the olfactory glands of cats and gives them a sense of euphoria!

3 I don't know what it is exactly about this plant, but supposedly there's something inside of it that binds with the olfactory glands of cats and gives them a sense of euphoria!

I prefer to get my euphoria by enjoying nature in a different way, like looking at these vibrant Eschscholzia californica, or California Poppies!

4 I prefer to get my euphoria by enjoying nature in a different way, like looking at these vibrant Eschscholzia californica, or California Poppies!

The bright orange color gives me a warm and sunny feeling.  No wonder this is the official state flower of California!

5 The bright orange color gives me a warm and sunny feeling. No wonder this is the official state flower of California!

Look, the clematis are also blossoming!

6 Look, the clematis are also blossoming!

These climbing flowers love sunlight and they've been getting quite a bit of that lately!

7 These climbing flowers love sunlight and they've been getting quite a bit of that lately!

Aren't there about 300 species of clematis?  That's a lot!  I feel like someone told me another flower they were related to but I can't quite remember now...

8 Aren't there about 300 species of clematis? That's a lot! I feel like someone told me another flower they were related to but I can't quite remember now...

Francesca, to find the answer, look no further than my nose.

9 Francesca, to find the answer, look no further than my nose.

See!  That flower is right here!  Clematis are in the family of Ranunculaceae.

10 See! That flower is right here! Clematis are in the family of Ranunculaceae.

It's the buttercup family, and when most people hear buttercup, they typically think of this yellow Ranunculus auricomus!

11 It's the buttercup family, and when most people hear buttercup, they typically think of this yellow Ranunculus auricomus!

Sharkey, you're so silly, but you sure do know your Latin flower names!

12 Sharkey, you're so silly, but you sure do know your Latin flower names!

Comments (13)

  • Good morning girls,
    After looking at all the beautiful flowers and veggies these past couple days, I came up with a great idea. If it is so fantastic for us to see pictures of all of the plant activity going on at the farm, why don't the two of you and GK schedule tours of the gardens? I am sure millions of people would love to see the gardens in person. You could allow people to go on a tour to take picutres and charge a fee. And of course if they want pictures with the three of you, that would be an additional fee. And with the money that you make, you could donate to your favorite charities, hire Chef Pierre to be your personal chef, go on a cruise, whatever you want. Of course, you would have to schedule the tours when Martha is away on business. You wouldn't want her to know that so many people were walking all through her gardens with their big stinky feet. hehehehehehehe
    I have to change my sleep scheule. I commented on yesterday's post a few minutes before midnight and now I am back again. Geez..
    Well, I will be back later as usual to check on all of you,
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning ladies!
    Hey, Frannie, I see you have been on a leash! Wha's up wit dat? Let us know!
    The clematis at my house is really pretty this year. It has dark burgundy colored flowers. We don't have any buttercups, but lots of our neighbors do. There is an heirloom daylily that keeps the "feet" of the clematis cool. It has lemon yellow flowers and boy, do they smell good.
    Mimi & I are so sorry to hear about Herman. I betcha our Warrior Prince is showing Herman around his new "home".
    Sunny day to everybody.
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Morning Girls, Hope both of your are doing better. Thanks for the lesson yesterday and today; the clematis & buttercups. Mom has seen the clematis in her travels and they are so pretty, I know she is wondering, does she have a spot to plant one???? Time will tell!! I have been trying to stay out of trouble however, trouble seems to find me, yeah right...We went for a ride over the weekend and guess what I found in the backseat, a roll of papertowels...well, you know what happens when its discovered; honest, I didn't really make too much of a mess - the roll can still be used. :)

    Sorry to hear about Herman; I'm sure all of our furry kids are playing together and sharing stories.

    Zoe, hope you are being good for SN; Chloe, you're not getting into any more trouble are you?

    Computer time is over - Mom needs to get ready for work; and I'm going to take a nap, it's a rainy day here in the NE.

    Hi Lynn :)

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hell Ladies,
    I loved the photos so much today. #4 is the best---suitable for enlargement and framing. #8 looks like Franny is invisable. You must be on a leash so you don't hurt yourself---but then you are part of The Avengers, the 3 of you. Kitty, you stop giving Mama Delia problems at salon time. You are so beautiful, you need to keep up on your stylin'. Delia knows what is best for you. When I was baking dog biscuits yesterday, I think I forgot to tell you all something. Before you put them in the oven, just poke the biscuit with a fork, here and there. Kind of like a pizza dough or pie crust--to keep it from puffing up. Maddox, I am sooo glad Mammy Jean is home. I bet you are loving it too. Cora Belle, the racoons are still staying away--you are the best!!! Have a good day all--it will be 90 here.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I don’t know the names of all the flowers my Mommy has at our house, but they sure are beautiful at this time of the year. There are yellow ones, red ones, blue ones, pink ones, and a field of white. I don’t stop very often to smell them; I get a good whiff just walking by them. My Mommy is always pulling them off. She says she is “dead heading” them, what ever that means. Thanks Daddy. He says that means taking the dead blooms off so more blooms will be made. Sounds like a plan to me. Speaking of plans, a nap sounds like a good plan right now.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&G.K.+Glue Squad, Hi girls, thanks again for this latest tour of Martha's beautiful farm and I love seeing the flowers around the pergola as well as all over the farm! Sharkey, you look so much better and hope your foot is better! Franny, you look great, too and can't wait to see you beautiful head and eyes again! Sure hope GK is doing better, also! Professor Maddox, you sure do have great, new ideas-I would love to visit Martha's farm some day! Abby and Tracie, so sorry to hear about losing handsome Herman and I agree that our Angel Basil will take care of him! Delia, sure hope Kitty is behaving better today so you can comb her behind again! Lynn, thanks for the new biscuit recipe, I think Mom is going to make some today-yum! Sure hope all of you are doing well and have another great day! It's not raining yet today, but is supposed to this afternoon-yuck! Will check back later! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I just love learning something new!! Nepeta is catnip? I always thought it was just a ground cover...You Frenchie girls are so much fun, Francesca you remind me of a Megaphone!

    If these photos are recent, then your area is behind the blooming of these plants compared to our area of State. The California Poppy shown is not the one growing wild in California, a single peddle flower..this one here looks more like a middle eastern hybrid, but then what do I know ;-)

    got to run to the Automotive to have the air-conditioner checked

    hugs to all
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey, Lynn, Cora Belle, Rebel, Maddox, Nicky, Kris, and all our glue squad friends,
    We are curious about the vegetables that are growing in Martha's gardens and enjoy seeing the frenchie girls exploring the flowers too. Sharkey, you look great with your face by the poppies. Is that reminding you of Toto in the Oz fields? My favorite flowers are forget me nots but buttercups are beautiful too.
    Lynn, thank you so much for your words about our pets leaving paw prints on our hearts. Thank you Michelle, nicky and Kris and hugs to you. Cora belle, we felt better thinking about Herman chasing mice with kit Bang. Thank you Sonya for your sweet words and for reminding me Herman is not alone.Thank you Maddox for reminding me that Warrior Prince Basil is in charge of the rainbow bridge.We also thank Rebel and missy Chow too.
    Chloe, I hope you are staying away from the moles. It appears paper towel fever is taking over some of our glue squad buddies. Kirby, hope you are less itchy today. Kitty, let your mom brush you out to prevent mats in your hair coat. Zoe help super nanny find your treats.
    Today I have to help mom get organized and regroup. We might hang Herman's picture on his porch area since everyone still looks for him there.
    Love and hugs to Lynn and all the glue squad.
    Abby

  • I'm still waiting for the discovery of 'chocolate' in the garden! Enough with the veggies and flowers! :)

    The farm is certainly beautiful and green and filled with some many vibrant colors.

    My yard is filled with weeds! :)

    Have a super Tuesday!

    gail

  • The farm is certainly looking beautiful and I admire the way you two are getting about as you recover from your injuries. I hope G.K. is recovering nicely from his bout with Lyme Disease.

    Attempting to be productive but the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam is full of Shiba puppies again as Ayumi has given birth to five beautiful babies-three girls and two boys on May 21st. Mom and babies are doing well and right now are sleeping and eating. :smile:

    http://www.ustream.tv/sfshiba

    BTW, thanks to friends of The DW, I found out about the Shiba C-Team last year so I am returning the favor!

  • ..Hi everybody..wet and nasty here in my corner of s.w. washington..thanks for the cheery flower photos girls..we, too, have catnip..but it is not flowering yet..the naughty ferals like munching on it and rolling around on it..that is when I am not in sight..Lynn, Lucinda is baking me more warrior prince cookies..I love those things and they are so good for me..my vet said i am fine shape for a senior dogger..just few problems..blind and have to take a lot of pain meds. for for legs..but that isn't stopping me..i am off for a walkabout and spy on critters..talk to you all tomarrow..over and out Cora-Belle p.s... i never chewed up a roll of paper tpwels..think i will put that on my bucket list!

  • Hi everyone,
    I checked back in to see what is happening in the DW world. Seems like a lot of activity going on.
    Congrats to Ayumi and her new family. Missy Chow, someone should be in a time out for leaving the paper towels in the back seat in the first place. You were only making sure you got enough fiber for the day. Nothing wrong with trying to eat healthy.
    Cor-Belle, Lynn's cookies must be awesome if Lucinda is making you another batch already. You can start celebrating early for your 17th birthday. Lynn, you should sell your cookies in pet stores. You are very talented in many areas. Abby, that is a good idea about haning Herman's picture in his porch area. Dudley, I notice that you don't talk much about yourself. Come on pal, spill the beans. What do you like to do? Do you do things to get into trouble like Zoe, Chloe and Missy Chow? hehehehehe
    Sorry girls, but you do get into trouble but we all think it is funny. And we know that your moms and dads might get mad, but we also know that they can't stay mad at you for very long cause you are all sweet girls.
    Well, I guess that is it for me for tonight. Hey did you see Uncle Carlos on Martha's blog today? It was all about the bee hives. There is a lot of work that goes into the honey business. That Uncle Carlos is a busy guy at the farm. Karen said he is a very very nice man and funny too. When she and Carlos talk, they laugh all the time.
    Good night all,
    Maddox

  • So many pretty flowers! We have a lot of plants blooming right now that usually don't bloom until June or even July. It makes Mom sneeze a lot, but it sure is pretty.
    I couldn't see all the pictures, though, because things are still weird when we try to click on them, but I saw enough to know that you girls and GK live in a very lovely place!

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