Reminders of Brighter Days

Today is the last day of September, which means that no matter how many lawyers you hire to argue otherwise, autumn has truly begun. It’s simply undeniable. And yet, should we want to deny it, there are certain plants that stand ready… Read More

It’s Clematis Time!

We got back from Michigan on Saturday, and I like to think that our various Clematis varieties had put on a show to welcome us home.

It’s Clematis Time!

When we returned from DC we discovered that the Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ had entered into its peak bloom period.  

More Blue Blooms for June

For some reason June is a very blue/purple month. Just recently I wrote about two blue June flowers, Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) and Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis). But it seems these days that practically the only colors to be seen in… Read More

Behind ‘Blue Ice’ (Clematis)

This is shaping up to be a pretty good year for Clematis in our garden. After a short-lived Clematis wilt scare, ‘Multi-Blue’ has performed beautifully, its best year ever.

Blue Blooms for the End of May

The garden seems quieter now that the Tulips and Daffodils are gone.  It’s starting to transition from spring to summer, and for some reason blue flowers become more prominent at this time.

A Happy Clematis Recovery

When I left home Monday morning I was not hopeful about my ‘Multi-Blue’ Clematis. Returning home on Friday, I expected the worst: a vine full of drooping buds and brown, wilted leaves. Instead, ‘Multi-Blue’ did not have a single drooping flower bud…. Read More

The Heartbreak of Clematis Wilt

I was feeling pretty good about the Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’ I have growing on a tuteur in the Herb and Tomato Bed. By May 1, it had reached about 6′ and had a respectable number of swelling flower buds. Then I noticed that… Read More

October Bloom Day

It’s been a fairly warm autumn so far. Leaves are slow to color, flowers to fade. Though they certainly are fading.

My Year of Living With ‘Betty’

Clematis viticella ‘Betty Corning’, that is. Person or plant, time together can bring greater understanding.  At the same time, a hastily-made commitment to a plant (or a person) can bring pain and disappointment. These negative experiences could be avoided through careful consideration,… Read More