Tag Archives: Clematis

Flower of the Day – October 1, 2017 – Clematis

10/01/17Second bloom cycle this season for this one.

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Join us for Cee’s Flower of the Day – 09/30/17

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge – 05/23/17

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This is actually a beautiful light orange rose I found at my mother-inlaw’s house on Mother’s Day. The flower was almost perfectly formed and still had all the full color on display.

I captured this with my Droid Maxx and this is an untouched photo.

A contribution to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge – 05/17/17

 

B-W rose This is actually a beautiful light orange rose I found at my mother-inlaw’s house on Mother’s Day. The flower was almost perfectly formed and still had all the full color on display.

I captured this with my Droid Maxx and converted it to black & white using Microsoft Word.

A contribution to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge – 05/10/17

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This is one of the three Clematis plants that remain from my time as a greenhouse owner. Before that time I had this pure white one that I still have not been able to find to replace the one we had to leave behind when we moved.

A contribution to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

My Love Affair With Clematis

 

 

Over time I have had the joy of planting and enjoying at least a half-dozen varieties of Clematis. The range of colors is dazzling, from white to dark purple to a combination of different colors. Clematis is a perennial, which means you can get many years of enjoyment from this plant.

Clematis is a full sun type of plant, something many of us seek when we go ot the garden center or greenhouse to find a new plant. To be sure many folks enjoy some shade in their yard but at my house our three and a quarter acres benefit from the shade of only three maple trees. One tree per acre just doesn’t shade nearly enough.

But do not fear, you can still grow these in spaces where they do not benefit from full sun. The one above only gets direct sun until noon or so and does very well along with another that is planted about eight feet away. Both of these benefit from a deck railing onto which they attach and climb.

Of all the Clematis I have grown the one to do so well is a variety called Montana Reubens. On the product tag it said it could grown to be 30-40 feet tall. With this in mind I planted it near a telephone pole and then took some lightweight fencing and nailed it around the pole to allow the plant something to climb on. As you can see from the photo it did not reach the potential height, but rather due to its weight fell back down to the sides to make an even more spectacular display.

To say that I will mourn a plant when it dies seems an exaggeration, because all plants will at some point, but when this beauty failed to sprout two growing season ago I was saddened. Such a beautiful and seemingly vibrant and hardy plant showed no signs of distress. But alas after sitting dormant for most of a second growing season I knew it was time to replace the beauty with another. The replacement has the potential to be somewhat like its predecessor, but the Montana Reubens had been in place for almost a decade and will hold a special place in my flower memory for some time to come.

If you have Clematis photos to share let me know, I enjoy seeing all of them!

 

2015 A to Z My Favorite Plants – C – Clematis

Welcome to day 3 of the A to Z Challenge. By now, if you have read many of my posts, you know I love ALL flowers. But love comes in many degrees, right? Clematis is one of my higher degrees of love. My most favorite of all time is a white Clematis we had at our first home. Unfortunately it did not survive the move to the home we have now. It was white as snow and I have yet to find it again.

We have four different varieties growing right now. The star is the Montana Ruebens I will share with my first picture. It is easily the most prolific, mainly due to it’s habit of growing 30-40 feet this gem is very showy. It has a profusion of light pink blooms that are so gorgeous to see.

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This is a Montana Ruebens Clematis.  Light pink with habit to grow 35-40 feet. Due to the weight it cannot climb the light pole in the middle.

WP_20140626_008I also have this striped Clematis, which is the only two tone in my current landscape configuration. It does not grow nearly as large as the Montana Ruebens, but has been around just as long. All of the varieties I have were added during the time I owned my own greenhouse business. I cannot truly pick a favorite between the Clematis I have.

WP_20140626_016Another of the Clematis around our deck, this one has a particularly rich color when it first blooms. The color begins to gradually fade as the bloom wanes. The largest display of all the clematis comes in the spring, usually about mid-May. Most   of them will bloom again in the fall although it is not usually such a showy display.

I also have a rich blue Clematis flanking the one above, but for whatever reason I cannot dig up a photo to share in this post. I hope you enjoy the A to Z choice for C.

My Love of Clematis

By now, if you have read many of my posts, you know I love ALL flowers. But love comes in many degrees, right? Clematis is one of my higher degrees of love. My most favorite of all time is a white Clematis we has at our first home. Unfortunately it did not survive the move. It was white as snow and I have yet to find it again. I will dig for a photo of it and scan it to my computer to add here. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the ones we have now. I know I have some photos of a blue one, but cannot find them right now. I will edit if I find.

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This is a Montana Ruebens Clematis. Light pink with habit to grow 35-40 feet. Due to the weight it cannot climb the light pole in the middle.

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