Sunday, July 29, 2012
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.
"Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul." ~ Luther Burbank