I planned this post about Robert Mallet’s lecture but I got carried away with the early Clematis and the Southern Azaleas (Rhododendron indica) and… and… So here goes…a bit of this and that. (Robert’s inspirational lecture next, promise)
The walkway from the work /compost area.
The drive doesn’t look so bad after all. Blooming plants are a great distraction. When the Azalea (Rhododendron indica G.G. Gerbing) is done, the Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangeaquercifolia) on the right will start.
The first clematis to bloom for me is the Japanese cultivar ‘Asao’. followed by…
‘H.F. Young’ and…
‘Josephine’. This year she is not as double as most. Lyndy, can you shed some light on this please.
Then there is my favorite rose…
‘Madame Alfred Carrier’.
The garden is glorious and I have not yet mentioned the Styrax obasia, the white Lady Banks rose, the Viburnums (more about them in the next post)…Life is good!
Climbing the wall; Hydrangea anomala petiolaris & Clematis ‘Freckles’ using it for support.
The Phlox divericata encouraged to naturalized between the daffodils.
I have pruned all the Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, and almost all the Hydrangea paniculata. I still have to deadhead the Hydrangea macrophylla but I like to attend to those last lest I get too enthusiastic and remove this years flower buds.
Pruned some of the clematis that require it and took an inventory of the garden.
Some of the news is not good. I have record losses this year. There is no sign of life on several Clematis, and my favorite Quince ‘Apple blossom’ has bit the dust.
Over the last few years I have let some shrubs go and now they require some drastic pruning. Good thing I bought a good excellent lopper. That is another post, promise.
First clematis to bloom in my garden. Clematis ‘Asao’
My friend Lyndy Broder is going to show me how to take cuttings of Clematis. This is a good thing; these babies are expensive and there are hundreds out there I want. (Plant Greed raises its ugly head!) Most of the plants I want LIVE in Lyndy’s garden!! How fortuitous that she is as generous as she is knowledgeable.
I planted over 65 Clematis in my garden, however, not all have survived or been successful. Sometimes, I am told they take holidays… below,
Clematis ‘ Belle of Woking’ reappearing after a two-year absence. I thought I lost it.