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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Simple Beauty...



Has anyone noticed that the clematis seem to be having an exceptional year? I don't know if this is the case where you live, but here where I am on Canada's east coast, they are sure putting on a great show! I only have one clematis and it blooms early, so it is long since finished, but I have noticed many others in the neighbourhood and they are spectacular. I went on a "Backyards and Gardens Tour" a few weeks ago and we saw a number of clematis that seemed to be "the stars of the show".  So I thought I would share them with you, along with a few others from my neighbourhood. I am not familiar with the names of the varieties, so you'll have to excuse, and just enjoy the photos for what they are - simple beauty!!















Did you know that the clematis is part of the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family? Clematis have been popular with gardeners for about 150 years and are mainly Chinese and Japanese in origin.
Clematis (properly pronounced CLEMatis, not cleMATis) prefer a sunny location and fertile well-drained soil. They also prefer to have their "feet" cool - my Mum used to say they like their heads in the sun, and their feet in the shade, meaning a sunny location but shade for their roots provided by nearby perennials or leafy shrubs.









Isn't this a sweet little backyard playhouse? Lucky little girl who gets to "play house" here!!






I'm joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Peace,
Linda


"Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul." ~ Luther Burbank

8 comments:

Pondside said...

I've always loved clematis, but have never had much success in growing it. I didn't know that it was part of the buttercup family - how strange!

Diana Taylor said...

They are truly beautiful flowers and your photos really do them justice. Strange them being part of the buttercup family - I wonder what criteria they met for that honour!
I've really enjoyed your blog post - very informative and very beautiful - thank you!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful climatis photos Linda! That little play house is really cute. Thanks for adding some little known facts on climatis too. My Jackmanii Climatis is blooming profusely this year too.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Gorgeous clematis photos Linda. We tried growing one a few years ago but it froze out after one exceptionally cold winter. I bought another one this spring and will mulch it extra well this fall in the hopes it won't freeze out too.

Life Images by Jill said...

what a lovely colourful climber the clementis is. We have a wildflower clementis, but it is nothing like yours. I adore the flower image in the bottom right of the last colage - glorious!
Have a wonderful week.
Admired in Mosaic Monday.

Linda H said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments! Jill, the photo on the bottom right of last collage is my own clematis!! I really like that photo too...

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful pictures / beautiful collages you show :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

No I did not know that about these charming vine flowers... These are really beautiful images~

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