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.
Floral Foto Friday is a weekly opportunity to see a collection of flowers from around the world gathers on a nifty site by Nick, who identifies himself as a academic from Melbourne Australia. He and his friends who join him weekly present a collection of plants unfamiliar to me and likely many of you here in the United States. I invite you to follow the link and see what else is available to gardening enthusiasts.
This week I am sharing the fall mums my wife planted in our west facing window boxes on the front of our home. From Mid May until Mid September they are home to Geraniums, but usually we switch them out for chrysanthemums when they have done their thing for the summer. This year my wife selected some robust yellow mums and they have made a wonderful show.
in my region these will not always live though our winter. I am thinking about trying a different approach, taking these out of the window boxes and digging into a pile of wood chips and planting them to try to allow them to survive until spring. If it works I will share the proof next spring.
Eight days into the A to Z and I am getting excited because many of my favorite plants are beginning to show signs of emergence as Spring grips my area. Among this list of favorites is my choice for H, the Hosta. A Hosta is a predominantly foliage plant, although it will bloom at the appointed time in it’s life cycle.
The Hosta does best in a shaded area, but at our home shade is a luxury. We have several Hostas, and they don’t fare as well when the temperature climbs into the 80s and 90s during the summer.
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.
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.
I 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.
Another 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.