My Dear Dr. Hortfreud,
And so I find that I am rather inexplicably entering into a Clematis phase in my evolution as a gardener.
Mother Nature, with help from some enabling nurseries like the nearby Soules Garden, has put me in the enviable position of having eight new Clematis plants to put out in my garden
Truly, I thought I was safe going to Soules Garden, at least when it came to Clematis, because they are known more for their daylilies, hostas, and Arisaema, and many plants for fairy gardens. Though why I thought I was safe in a place that has so much for fairy gardens is laughable in hindsight. But I left with just three new Clematis to plant in my garden and one wisteria, the native Wisteria macrostachya
Miss Jane Hortaway insists that I need to catalog these three new Clematis from Soules Garden, plus the three I purchased a few weeks ago at the IMA Hort Society’s plant sale and the two I’ve been overwintering, and learn more about each one before for I just plop them in the garden and move on to another phase in my evolution as a gardener.
I know some will need support, especially the C. tangutica and C. ‘Huldine’ Another one, C. heracleifolia is more shrub like and I can just plant it out in Plopper’s Field.
There is one that is tiny enough for rock gardens, C. columbiana var. tenuiloba which I think for now I’ll plant it in a bed where I’m sure to keep an eye on it. Another one, the native C. pitcheri, I think can scramble through other plantings. C. viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’ will definitely need support. And C. ‘Lord Hershell’ only grows a foot tall, so I can plant it safely in several different locations.
Finally, I have C. integrifolia to plant. It should have the same growth pattern of my C. integrifolia ‘Alba’, which sprawls and blooms where I planted it in Plopper’s field.
|C. integrifolia ‘Alba’|
By mine own counting, the addition of these eight Clematis to my garden will just about double the number of Clematis in my garden, Dr. Hortfreud.
And to think that growing up I thought of Clematis as just that big, garish Jackmanii that so many planted. I was never going to have that in my garden, and I’m still not, but many of its relatives are welcome.
Thank you for listening to me ramble on about my Clematis phase, Dr. Hortfreud. Though I know what you’ll really want to talk about is that wisteria and where I’m going to plant that in my garden. I’ll write about that another day, I promise.
For now, I need to get out into the garden and do some weeding before it rains or I’ll be entering, once again, my weedy phase of my evolution as a gardener.