Posts Tagged ‘clematis’

Spring is here 2010!





It seems like we have spent months of rain and cold, snow here and there… finally spring has arrived! March gave us one week of fantastic sunshine and a bit of hope until the rain started again. But the temperature is now creeping up and this is told by the many buds on the trees and plants.


At Last We See The Flowering Clematis

The first year we never saw any flowers as we planted it late in the year, the second year we saw nothing at all as the rabbit nibbled through the main stems.   This, the third year saw the plant recover from the rabbit and now we finally have it flowering and it is great to actualy see what we bought all those years ago!   The little purple bell shapped flowers and the bright green small leaves are really making a great visual point from the blue slate and brown decking.

Clematis Clematis

We have had rain for a couple of days, quite light and broken which has meant it has not been totally unpleasent.   It seems that the Clematis in the front and in the back have loved the weather with each time I looked out of the window it was as if you would see extra buds appearing.

Now, I should really take a bit more notice when I planted these two as I now cannot remember what they are.  All I know is that the one in front flowers around about now and looks great as there are not many other flowers around.   I think by next week the bush may be at its best.    The one in the back (top photo) is even more unknown as a couple of years ago the rabbit eat most of it and it has taken this long for it to recover and regrow, so we wait and see what that has in store – but again it is great as it is a bit of flowerly brightness in a time of the year that can be so hit and miss.

Tied up Clematis

The title says is all really.  I have been meaning to do it for days, every time I go out to the car I look and notice the clematis falling down the side of the fence and going over the top of the plants underneath.   

Other things for today, I just had a potter around the front garden while T&J ‘tidied’ the car and I noticed a whole load of white fluffy stuff on the apple tree.  I am sure apple trees are not meant to be white and fluffy and so I cut off the branch that seemed to be affected.  Tomorrow I will look up and see what it means, surely nothing too good.


@Four Weeks

So much going on and so little time to do things!   I have added a whole load of extra things this week, so comments are with the photos.  It has been sun sun sun, hot hot hot all week, which has meant lots of watering although only on the small things.  Everything else has to take their chance, including the new grass seed in the front garden which is a bit of a pity.  I have watered it a couple of times, but it will come up eventually and if it doesn’t then a top up on Autumn will do the job I am sure.


Beans – only planted them a couple of days ago so no show as yet: 



Rhubarb – needs picking, we have made some pies from it already:


Tayberry – this is a new one this week.  One of the fruit bushes that we got reduced from Woolworths and it seems to have taken and has new growth on it:


Wild Strawberries – some nice little flowers and some small green strawberries starting to show.  That and the two plants are now multiplying like it is going out of business:


Blackcurrents – this is the third or fourth year (I forget) and this year the bush never got pruned and so it is really looked after itself.  Mind you, a good growth of flowers appearing:


Sunflowers – the ones that started it all.  These are no four weeks old and no more slug problems after using pellets.  They are well on their way outside while a couple more are just starting to show inside (to replace the slug eaten ones) as well as two planted directly outside showing now too:



Potatoes – I managed to get a couple more off freecycle, so now we have four seed potatoes in the pot.  The existing ones the growth was about an inch above the soil, so I have now topped it up with more soil.  The next time I have to do this, it will be at the top:


Grass – don’t be fooled by the photo, it is actually quite patchy and the hot sunny weather has not helped at all.  Mind you, it does look like it is meant to be there and from a distance is a nice carpet of green. It is meant to rain tomorrow:


Tomatoes: now repotted and outside:


Chillies – now repotted outside.  The stones are to keep them upright:


Clematis is growing very well, about an inch or more per day.  It will soon be up to the wire and off along the fence:


Amaranthus – I really need to read up on what to do with these:


Basil – growing nicely and time to repot them I think:


Cress – more luck this second time and half of it eaten, yum:


Mini Sunflowers – ready to plant outside:


Sweetpeas – every single seed seems to have done something which is fantastic:


Salad – still growing but very slowly, and little bits of it dieing too, not doing too well.  I think we will put some seed outside at sometime:



New Life – Clematis

We had a nice little Clematis in the back garden going up the fence by the decking…. until the rabbit eat it!   What a pain I thought, esp as they are not cheap plants nor indeed cheap rabbit food.    I was quite suprised when I noticed the other day new shoots appearing from what has really been a dead plant eaten right down to the soil.   We have new life!


Clematis in full flower

We bought this last year when we did the front garden and it never flowered.  The main reason we have now found out being that is a spring/early flowering one and it is now full of flower – looks so great in the front garden by the apple tree.


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