Nepeta Nervosa blue moon
I came across this little beauty last year
Well, when I say little, in actual fact it turns out to be taller than the 12in/30cm described in most of the information available.
blue moon in our garden
Planted in the newly excavated border in the back garden last year in late Summer, where it continued to flower well into September.
Like all true perennial plants it died back completely in Winter.
The leaves started to emerge in Spring of this year, a bit later than many of the other perennials.
Before continuing with the plants performance this year, I have to say that the appearance of the plants purchased last year gave every reason to think that this was a dwarf variety
Purchased in full bloom the leaves were tiny and the pale blue blooms compact.
The label said to expect the plant to reach a height of 30cm, 12in.
This year Nepeta (catmint) blue moon started to flower in the second week of June and by July they were looking stunning even though they had reached a height closer to 60cm/2ft.
I am convinced that the growers spray these plants with a product that keeps them short yet still allows them to flower well.
Why would they do this, well I reckon many people with small gardens are attracted to plants that would look good at the front of the border
Do I have evidence of this, well I did purchase a Japanese Anemone at the same time which had a similar habit and which this year is also 60cm tall.
Also, when we moved into our last house way back in 1985 the present owner had said he had sprayed the privet hedge with a growth retardant product. This made the leaves tiny and the hedge did not require trimming, it took two years for the privet to have normal growth. Although I was aware of the existence of such a product at one time, I believe that it may no longer officially!! be available.
Well, this was supposed to be about how Nepeta nervosa blue moon performed in our garden, well suffice to say, bloody good, and even at twenty two inches tall, it doesn’t look out of place.
Oh, by the way, our cat is not in the least bit interested, previously with catmint she would have had her own growth retardant method.
Nepeta nervosa blue moon is that bit different from other catmints. The pale blue flowers start to show in June and by July the plant is crammed with blooms which remind me of those on the Polygonum bistorta except they happen to be pink.
The clumps of Blue moon may soon outgrow the position where planted, dividing may be necessary after even just two years, but what the heck I am sure you can make good use of the freebies.
If you are trying to reduce the number of bedding plants in your garden Blue moon is a good perennial to consider owing to the very long flowering period which with cutting back the spent flower stems regularly you will find it blooms from June through till September.
I hope you enjoy this perennial as much as we do.
Hardiness *** fully hardy perennial (dies back completely in Winter)
Position *** full sun/part shade
Soil *** most free draining soil types enriched with compost when planting
Blooms *** pale blue lasting all Summer
Height *** 30/35cm. in our garden 50/60cm
Propogation *** divide in Spring
Holmes Chapel in East Cheshire is the village where we now live. With a population of about six thousand people, it is so very different from the city of Aberdeen where we came from in December of 2013.
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third city, dynamic, prosperous and busy.
How very different it is living where it is so very quiet and peaceful with a population made up of what seems like 75% of the residents are of retirement age, I will have to check out if my estimation is correct.
Well in the short time we have been here our feelings are that the area would benefit greatly if there were a public park.
Last week, our daughter who is going through the, be healthier stage in her life, called and asked if I wanted to go for a walk.
It was a very pleasant evening, so we headed for (The Dane Meadow)
This is an area of land which, through recent grants and help from volunteers has been developed to make it more accessible to walkers and I dare say picnickers.
Its a natural area that looks very inviting whilst entering from the quite magical woodland entrance path.
Well, its not a park, and its not meant to be, and within the whole area we came across another three people together lying in the grass and apparently enjoying the evening sun.
I suppose the problem may be that with the ageing population of the village, the entrance to the area where we joined the meadow may be difficult to negotiate. Get me, I am no spring chicken, just very lucky at the moment to be enjoying good health.
Well anyway, below are some pictures, I must stress they have not done the area justice.
Take care and enjoy your garden