April 18, 2012 by Sandra Jonas GARDEN TOUR 2 I am tickled that the rambling rose Etain is blooming for the very first time, I have envisioned it climbing 20 feet up the Oak tree. On the other side I have planted ‘Rambling Rector’, another rose that could, under good cultivation reach to 30 feet. So I have hopes for this area to have real impact …..in time. The Oakleaf Hydrangeas have formed their flower buds and are just starting to open, beyond them are the fig trees. What I have long called the Viburnum Court should be refered to as the clematis court, since there are far more Clematis than Viburnum now. Shame on me… those majestic shrubs are reduced to being supports for my Clem addiction! Whenever I pass the Schiaparelli bench I congratulate myself on choosing the paint colour. Here is a good example of either buying a plant while it’s in bloom or ordering from a reliable source. The Clematis was supposed to be white…. oops, sorry, love it just the same , in fact this is a happy accident. A quick peek at Clematis Josephine … So feminine! And Clematis ‘Polish Spirit’ above. I am just now getting around to pruning the dead flowers off the Hydrangea macrophylla. If one waits long enough there can be no mistakes, the new buds are obvious. Earlier on I would have pruned more for shape than flowers; but now that I have the choice, I left some of the awkward branches for cutting. When the Clematis are done… we will move on to rapsodising over the Hydrangeas!