So I have been blogging around, reading a lot, finding remarkable people living in my computer. And I am just so impressionable (even at my advanced age) that I started thinking that my blog might need some new paint or something. WordPress offers lots of free and quick design choices, much easier than, say, painting the kitchen, so I went for it. Kind of dark and brooding, like my hall wallpaper. That header picture across the top of the page shows a couple of oak limbs that go horizontal above my woods garden, and I just hope they can defy gravity a bit longer.
In other news, I have smuggled three new clematis vines into the garden mix. This is in fact The Year of the Clematis. (Like the Chinese, I have years of.) Here is a picture of one of the old vines, the only one in bloom so far.
I have three other old clematis plants, which are finally starting to produce flowers nicely, but not yet this year. Can’t blame them for taking so long since I pretty much ignored them, when I wasn’t digging them up and relocating them. But suddenly I seem to need clematis, everywhere.
The vine in the cherry sapling teepee above is Clematis Moonlight newly planted in the Big Rock Bed Garden. (That other teepee in the background is supporting the climbing green beans in the vegetable garden, which will come together at the top and tie knots around each other.)
Then I have what I call the Edwardian Garden Ornament, shown in the next image.
It’s not a bit Edwardian. I bought it at a garage sale about ten years ago for $25. It used to be a clothes rack from the old Meier & Frank store in Portland (OR); now it is one of my more odd garden elements, made of iron and designed to look like bamboo. (Some of the wooden finial knobs are gone now but Mr. O assures me that he is making me new ones –he is a wood-turner–but don’t bet the rent on that getting done soon.)
A couple of years ago I planted those big Oriental lilies around the Edwardian Garden Ornament, a mix of Casa Blanca and Muscadet. They are spectacular in August, although the Plant Goddess feels they are too, um, columnar in form you might say as they push up all summer.
But the blooms perfume the entire garden.
So this year I’ve added an interior clematis.
The new little vine climbs up an added bamboo stake in the center. I calculate that this purple flowering one, called The President, will fill up the interior and the top of the Edwardian etc., bloom earlier and modify those lily plant forms somewhat, soften them, pillow them, probably grow in circles and choke them… Extreme Risk Gardening, not for the weak of constitution.
Stay tuned for Clematis Two, The Sequel, as the season progresses.
And now some linguistic discussion: I hate the word Clematis. It is that pronunciation conflict of CleMATis versus CLEMatis. And I hate them both. The first one sounds just…wrong. And the second one sounds not-for-polite-company. And whichever one you use the person you are talking with will say the other one, correcting you by example. (Personally I would prefer clemaTIS. It sounds sort of French. But nobody says it that way.)