Throw me a liana and hoist me up out of this new rabbit hole I've been exploring. Liana, you ask? Yes, liana - a woody vine that is rooted at the ground and uses trees and other vertical structures to climb up. That's the first thing I found in this rabbit hole. Liana - like this Trumpet Creeper vine, Campsis radicans, that is growing up and over a metal trellis in my sister's garden. I remember when they got it, they were all excited about their new Clematis. I hated … [Read more...] about Throw me a liana
On the twelfth day of June, Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata', scampers around and through tall sedum. I always wanted to have a little vine scamper through a garden, without looking like an invasion the way field bindweed would look, but looking very sweet and innocent like this little clematis looks. I wondered how people got this to happen in their gardens, and as is generally the case, it is all about "right plant, right place," The blooms are supposed to smell like vanilla, but … [Read more...] about Clematis scampering through the sedum
Clematis 'Pagoda'. It speaks softly, "Slow down and notice the details of the garden." It whispers, "Pause and admire me." No shouting, chortling or guffaws from this little flower. Sweet. Dainty. Subtle. A sure magnet for garden fairies. Clematis 'Pagoda' My new favorite small-flowered clematis. … [Read more...] about Clematis 'Pagoda'
I had visions of a nice line up of Clematis vines along the back fence that borders the vegetable garden. The vines would grow up various and sundry trellises, that in and of themselves would be architecturally interesting, and provide color and interest throughout the season. I started my little line up with three clematis that had to be moved for the garden design and three old trellises. "How's that going for you, Carol?" It is not going as I had planned, thank you for asking. Clematis … [Read more...] about When Plants Disobey – Clematis ‘Pink Fantasy’