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It's hard to imagine any of us on this forum being thrilled with a new vacuum for Christmas (or as a gift anytime) but a nice gift certificate from Brushwood, Garden Crossings, Klehm's or Silver Star Vinery would be more likely to evoke smiles.
I did find one spot that needs a low growing clematis but I'd like some for the new garden (the former vegetable garden) and think one (or two) could go against the sunny side of the shed. This morning I had a mason measure to lift the bricks in the path and reset them in cement. That will be one less concern for me. I'm too afraid of tripping on the wood edging that is there now.
Show us your new found spots to place clematises. We need to brighten this winter and get ready for spring.
We're due for a nice warm weekend here in the Northeast with temperatures in the 50's for the weekend. It would be a good time to cut back any class 3 clem's since they get pruned to the ground. I'll be heading to the rose garden shortly. Roses! They always look good with clematis. What fun! Now it's just to match the clem's to the roses.
A lot depends on the depth of planting and the size of the clematises you bought. If you have any doubt about the depth and you can get to your compost piles this weekend, when we should have some warmer weather, use a pot to get enough compost to cover the clematises by 6" or more. No need to water. You can put mulch on top of the compost to help prevent wind driven weed seeds from making a home in the compost.
Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Arlene, i love the title of this thread:~) I can't believe it's that time of year again to order clematis. Brushwood has some excellent choices, but several that I had on my wants list weren't available, and I had to give them my info to let me know when they would be. I chose others, some of which I don't recall seeing last year. Here's my list of ordered plants:
Chantilly (this one is listed as fragrant)
These are coming in late March, and I'm looking forward to growing these plants.
Hi Annette! Andromeda seems to be leading a few lists of clematises people want this year. I think Happy Birthday is just lovely (or did I say that already?). Love the depth of color on Fleuri!
Provided I can dig up two asparagus plants in the field dedicated to them, I can hunt down two special clem's to go wild over our shed. Most often the asparagus roots are much larger than anyone would expect. If I win and can move them I'll be happy.
They must limit the number they grow. In late October/early November I wanted a specific one but it was in the sold out category so I filled out the form for notification and by December it was available but then I was finishing gardening, Christmas shopping and it was after everything was wrapped that Jack went into emergency surgery, so I didn't get to order it then. I'm sure any popular clematis will become available again soon. I'd guess the size of the plant determines when they're ready to sell it again.
I hope that Jack is recovering well, I'm sorry to hear that he had to have emergency surgery.
I'm glad Brushwood offers the notification service. I wanted Liberation in 2011, but it was old out, and I got notified of it's availability on December 1, 2011, so I ordered then, for delivery in April 2012.
Thanks for letting us know about Brushwood, I've been very pleased with all of the plants that I have received from them in the past.
It was followed by another emergency surgery - both for the ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. I'm glad it's behind us now. He is recovering, slowly but surely.
I like Brushwood's notification system too, and it works.
They are a very obliging company. I once deleted a clem in favor of another and it was the day before they were to be shipped to me. Dan is a good guy and didn't give me any grief over it. Mine, from Brushwood, have all thrived but that's not the case with a lesser known company and I very seldom mention their name and never recommend them.
Thanks, Annette, Marilyn and Carolyn. It was a scary time, indeed, but he's back home and even went back to doing the laundry today and making his own breakfast. He must be feeling much better. It's just the swelling of the feet and legs that concern us even though he has them elevated all night and a good part of the day.
Marilyn - I came close to losing my dad when he had his aneurysm. It's a risky procedure and only 25% survive it, per the doctor, regardless of age or physical fitness.
Does anyone have one of the Evison low growing clematises that they'd recommend? I need one for a spot near the montana Grandiflora.
My computer is on the fritz so I'm writing from the library again. I'll return when the computer cooperates or gets fixed or else on Monday from the library again.
I did work outside for two hours today and couldn't help but notice the swollen buds on Pink Champagne. Any glimmer of spring is most welcome on this dreary day.
It was an amazingly warm day here today, at a balmy 74 degrees, and intermittently sunny. I spent several hours in the garden cleaning and spraying the daylilies. I also checked on the clematis, and they're all growing nice pips, including the most recently planted clematis.
The Camellias are still blooming nicely, and I've finally seen Goggy bloom. When I bought the plant it wasn't in bloom, so I assumed the picture on the tag, which stated Double Shell Pink,would be the bloom I was going to get. I kinda missed the small print that said "Goggy". Imagine my surprise today when the bloom looked nothing like the picture on the tag, LOL. It was a happy surprise.
Tomorrow we're supposed to get to 72 degrees, so I'll spend some more time outside doing more garden clean up. Winter weather will be returning next week.
We had dank, dreary, misty all day long. I'm glad I went out early and got something done. Tomorrow is supposed to be wonderful but that's what the forecasters said about today. I did see the forecast for later in the week and it's not warm weather.
Hi you all up north from a warm place in Ga. My Ladybanks rose is blooming and my Raspberry Truffle Salvia is still in bloom. The pansies are looking good and I bought one of the left over Amerillas (?) it is buding, so everything is a OK in Ga.
Pirl, I am glad that you are all better, it will take time for Jack to get back to his old self. You take care of your self and the puppy so you can be for Jack .
Annette, do you have a large yard, or it is just like my yard, 40 x 60 feet. I keep digging up the grass so I can plant more flowers. I think this year I will plant some beets in between the flowers, went to the store and they are selling them $3.00 a bunch of three beets. I got me a juicer and I have been enjoying some fresh juice. The last picture is of the family, that was my Christmas present from them. Etelka
Our snow has finally melted. I am sure the rivers are quite full, but truth be told I
am glad the snow is gone.
Arlene - did you figure out what kind of clem you are going to put into the area in your photo? I am wondering if an integrifolia is in order. You know how I love the ingrifolias. Dan has some really beautiful ones - all of my integrifolias came from Brushwood.
Hi Etelka, you have a beautiful family. Also, your garden is coming along beautifully.
The answer to your question is that we live on 1/2 acre, and I'm also steadily removing more grass to get more room to garden, sometimes the DH notices, sometimes he doesn't.
Today was another beautiful day here, in the low 70's again, with intermittent sunshine. I was able to finish trimming all of the clematis, and m. Mayleen was put back up on the drain, and strung across the entrance to our back deck.
I'll post some pictures later, after family movie night.
Here is m. Mayleen finally put back on the drain pipe, and DH has agreed to put in some hooks for me to train Mayleen across the entrance to the back patio. The daffodils pictured are in the same bed with Mayleen, but to her left. I can't remember the name, I'll have to put a tag there after they bloom to identify them.
I took my life into my hands standing on the plant pot with Camellia Mathotiana to get Mayleen back up. I'm glad it was a sturdy pot, made of cement.
Arlene, the dark, dank weather is heading in this direction, with the rains starting tonight, and continuing over the next 2-3 days. It's going to get much colder over the next 10 days, so my time in the garden is done for now. Annette
Thanks for the compliments Arlene, and Carolyn, I do love the Camellias. I'm excited to finally see some blooms on plants that have been in for several years, that I had not seen bloom before. Now that I have room under the Cryptomeria canopy in the front garden, I'll will be adding a few more of these plants. Annette
Arlene, I can't wait till the DH gets the rest of the hooks I need across the entrance.
We have had 3 straight days of rain so far this week, I believe I saw Noah's ark float by this afternoon. We now have the threat of snow, sleet, and ice tonight. I wish all the best to my fellow northern gardeners with the winter weather coming your way. Annette
Is he putting the hooks into holes he drills between the stones of your glorious stone work? I only did that once and had to measure carefully. Glad it came out right.
I'm still in the midst of reorganizing the 36,988 photos that appeared on this new laptop from the old computer that barely had 23,000 so there are lots of duplicates to be deleted but so much eye strain. I could stay here a week just working on photos!
Today, believing the weather report, I went outside to remove the deer netting from one of the Jackmanii clematises. I thought my hands were frozen by the time I finished. Then I had to hoist up Pink Champagne to the scrollwork with wire. Wire and cold hands make for an icy job. Glad those two things are done.
Does anyone have any experience with Purpurea Plena Elegans?
The DH will put the hooks in the woodwork that goes across the entrance to the patio. I want to use Mayleen to frame that area and have it go down the other side.
It was interesting to see that it was already starting to put out leaves underneath where it had not been exposed to the cold weather. I suspect it won't be doing much more growing because of the weather we now have coming. I'm also not going to do any trimming unless I have portions of it that's dead. That's been my big mistake in the past, with trimming way too much of the old wood, to prevent Mayleen from consuming the house, and therefore cutting off the stems that would have provided blooms.
I love Pink Champage, it is a prolific grower here, and has been the best performing newly planted clematis for me so far. This will be the second year that it's in the garden There was no sleeping, or creeping, it leaped from the first year that it was planted. Annette
Thanks, Annette. I have things that didn't work as well! Strike down string. It rots too fast in sun. I do love the chenille ties but doubt I have a photo of them. They are about a foot long and can be cut as needed. They disappear from sight but can be saved for many years. They're available at florist supply shops and probably craft stores.
I've looked for the green chenille ties for 30 minutes now and can't find them but, just so you know what you're looking for, here's a link to a bag of colored ties:
Thanks for the link Arlene, it's always nice to have a picture example. Years ago, I bought 1000 ft of green twist tie that I finally used the last of last year. I've now found it in reels of 150 ft that I bought last fall, and it is quite strong in holding up the plants. I have also used the green plastic ties that were 1/2 in wide, which I found wasn't very strong, and the plants would fall down, because this material was too weak. The plastic ties were what I used with Mayleen last year, and the reason why she fell off of the drain. Annette
The whole process of living and learning (always the hard way) can be annoying!
Another one that didn't work as planned was using a section of green plastic coated fencing over the clematises in the barrel at the white fence. I did it to encourage the clem's to grow over the fence but now I have a mess to cut back since they all got tangled.
I guess the clematis must agree with the groundhog that we're going to have an early spring. The pips continue to increase in size, and I suspect leaves are on the way. Snow Queen at the mail box get's the most sun of all the clematis that I grow, and seems to be the furthest along.
Here are Snow Queen, Crystal Fountain, Patricia Ann Fretwell, and Barbara Jackman already making a move. these pictures were taken this afternooon. Let's hope we don't get another seriously cold spell. We're going to have several days in the 60's this week. I hope the groundhog is right with his prediction. Annette
Wonderful, hopeful photos, Annette! So glad to see how well they're doing and so early. Even a cold snap doesn't seem to bother them now so let's hope your weather remains warm and the groundhog is correct (as if they really know or care).
This has been a very busy winter here and I've had to go over all my photos but the reward is well worth it. While looking at photos I did find a spot that is ideal for a clematis so now I can shop guilt-free that I'd buy something and not have a place for it. The spot that's under the window of the shed has very fertile ground and the nearby asparagus thrive so I imagine a clematis would love it.
For anyone who loves lilies you can't beat Bert's prices. Look at his Classified ad on DG and his amazing prices! I've seen some of these, like Muscadette, Mona Lisa, Conca d'Or, Tiny Spider and Hotline at more than triple his prices. Here's his ad so just go to it and click on the link: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1296570/
I fell in love with Hotline the first time I saw it. Just Google "images" and you'll see it. Reminds me and others of Omoshiro!
Hi Arlene, I'm glad you've found a spot for a new clematis. I'm still thinking about where to put the 8 that I've ordered.
I love Bert's lily bulbs. I've ordered from him in the last 2 years, and the lily bulbs are beautifully packaged, are healthy, and do really well here. I had a chance to meet Bert 2 years ago, when he came to see my blooming bulbs. He's a really nice man.
Hotline is beautiful. I may have to indulge. I already ordered lilies from the end of season sale from Van Engelen and got Asiatics White Pixels, Orange Eletric, Oriental Auratum Gold Band, Op Anastasia, Tigrum Sweet Surrender, and Tr. Regale Album. For spring I've got coming Silk Road, Triumphator, Ormea, and Sunny Crown coming from B & D lilies, and more Anastasia, Scheherzade, Lillium hansonii, formosum, and Red Hot coming from Brent and Becky's. I can see more grass being removed this year to accommodate the new bulbs.
My thrill came from finding the spot by accident and it makes me wonder how many other spots I've overlooked.
Bert does a good job. I counted up what it would have cost me elsewhere and the total saved was over $80. and my cost is only $40. so I'm happy.
Well, you certainly aren't shy about ordering lilies! Triumphator is gorgeous and has lasted me years here. Anastasia is glorious and the scent is heavenly. Last year I put in a big order from B & D and First Crown was available. That is one gorgeous lily.
Between the clematises you ordered and the lilies you might as well set up a cot outside so you won't waste time getting everything planted. Have fun!
Hi Arlene, I hate to say this, but I'll be traveling to Hawaii on Saturday ;~) I'll be in Maui for 6 days for a conference. I'm looking forward to getting away from this cold, dank weather we've been having. It's been raining for 2 days, with more rain expected, which is good for the plants, giving them a nice start for the spring.
Stay safe and warm, with the crazy weather heading your way. Annette
Hi you all in the frozen tundra, greetings from a balmy Ga. today after the good rain I went and checked my clems, they are all doing good, John Warner looks like it has buds on, the first time ever, last year I got it late. Then I was thinking of " so what is it next to do with the clems, should I start firtilizing and epsom salt, or what to do with them. We are done with the snow, I think, but sometime it surprizes us late in February. Any advice, they are now sprouting, I better get ready with my trellises. Etelka
Hi, Etelka. We're thawing out up here on the elongated iceberg. We had rain today and lots of fog with more of the same for tomorrow.
Just look at the tops of each clematis and cut back any that don't appear to have leaf buds. You can also cut back any stems that look dead but be sure you look carefully and don't cut off the wrong stem (as I have done more times than can be believed). You can put down some Epsom salt and cover it with manure and compost. It will slowly work magic on your clem's.
Marilyn - did you get a lot of snow? My son is in CT and he had 18" as we did.
Well, Arlene, the newspaper said 24-30", but the drifts were 4-41/2' around my house...I can't see any clems! The snow almost made it to the top of my trellis...my front door can be opened, but you can't get anywhere from it, unless you can walk on top of the drifts...not even today's rain, fog, or 38 degrees made much difference...
Eek! Our back door is totally blocked but we have other doors we can use, thankfully. I was concerned about you when I heard where the storm would hit hardest. No clem's to be seen here, Marilyn!
We must have slept through some major winds because a few minor pine limbs are down in the back. Recent storms, from 2011 and 2012, have taken so much that I figured there was little more damage any storm could do.
Aloha from Maui, HI. I'm glad that everyone and their families did well with the storms. I hope that the Northeast continues to defrost quickly. I'm wishing I could send some warmth your way
Here are a few pictures from our whale watching tour today. We saw several schools of dolphins, and a lot of whales, several of which breached, or were seen rolling around, slapping the water. Our catamarans were the Hula Girl and the Shangri La.
It rained on the eastern side of the mountain, and the trade winds blew the mist from the rain to the west side of the island, which created a rainbow that we were able to see while out on the water.
It is beautiful! I have always wanted to go on a whale watch when we have been in the Boston area. Seems that either something is going on or it is the wrong time of year for the whale watches. I will at some point, be able to go on one. Sounds like it was a lot of fun!
Pirl, I am glad that you will be snowed in with your favorite person. Here we have some cold nights , but tomorow will be in the 60s. Just noticed that my favorite clem Daniel Deronda has a bud on it, I am happy. I will have 4 days off, so better do something with the trellises. I will have to buy me a cordless drill, so I can do some drilling. I wish they have some clasess on how to do things for women. I have lots of tools, but not much of the knowledge how to use them properly. Etelka
Our driveway is clear and so are the roads. Today we had 44 and it was very sunny and felt like spring - only five weeks to go!
That's wonderful news about Daniel. He's one man that won't disappoint you!
From all Jack has said, cordless is not as powerful as having a cord so ask before you buy and you might ask the sales person to show you how to use it and what bits you might need for your job. Up here Home Depot does have some home improvement courses but I seldom pay attention since I'm not about to tackle laying a ceramic tile floor...ever. Mine were done a while ago and will remain as they are. If you can find a talented sales woman maybe she could come over to show you how to use your tools and you could repay her with one of your wonderful dinners.
Happy Birthday Zuzu, i hope you had an amazing day, and may you be Blessed with many happy gardening years. Your garden is gorgeous.
Arlene, Smitty is toooooo adorable.
After spending 10 hours flying, I'm finally back home in GA. The first thing I did this afternoon was do a quick garden tour. Some the clematis pips have leafed out, with Josephine being the furthest along. We have a 30% chance of snow tomorrow, and more cold weather coming next week. I guess these plants want it to be spring already ;~) Annette
Hi you all, I am still building and changing my corner, today I have found a plastic/stucco looking flowerpot, tried it out for the birdbath base. I think it will have to do, when I tried to buy a real birdbath, could not lift it up. What you think of the brick edging, I see I have to straighten it, I just done it in the hurry. I am also sending you some cheer, my pansies are beutifull, hope it cheers you up in the cold north. Tonight it will be possible snow here, but not much usualy, meybe a 1/2" Etelka
It looks good, Etelka. Are you planning to step over the brick and stones each time you want to plant or remove weeds or work in the area? You could leave out a few stones in the middle to give you an easier way to get in and out of the area.
Those cement bird bath tops are heavy! With every year that passes they get heavier!
We're due for more snow but the snow we did get today was gone in a flash. It's been too warm for it to stick.
Thanks, Pirl and Mary, I will put some mulch around the flowers so the weeds wont grow, probobly will plant some Million bells petunias, sweetpotato wine on the edge to cascade down. I still have to get some 15 bags of dirt to fill it up. I have put the pots in the back, with tall oriental lillies in them, since nothing will grow there from the roots. these bricks where some that I bought in Lows, wanted something kind of natural looking and cheep, so these where 99 cents. Etelka
Clematis Bijou! Can't wait to try that one. It only grows 1-2 feet tall, so is supposed to be a "breakthrough" as a shrub-like clematis. Looking forward to trying it as a spiller edger over a raised bed.
Here in Augusta, we have been swimming now for 3 days, I think my clems will turn into waterlillies. I just found out that my John Warren has a bud on it, it is a first one for it, I bought it last year and never bloomed. I had to remind my self how does it look like on the Brushwood website. It is as nice as Omoshiro, but little darker. It is planted next some Lorapetlum (?) bush, it my climb on it this Summer. Hope you all are staying well, I am already restless from being stuck in the house. Etelka
The other name for February is "Restless". We're all so eager to get outside and find anything of value since snow is not a big seller up here in the northeast. Even the deer walk past the gardens and know better than to stop and search for anything.
It's good to hear you have buds on John Warren, Etelka. Up here we have brown stems that will come to life sometime in March and bloom in May. It feels like a very long wait this winter. Even Smitty prefers to sleep through winter.
I have found out I can use the plastic $10.00 kidi pool for mixing my flowerpot soil, it was full of mixed soil but now is full of water too, so I hade to make some holes in it to drain it. I guess it is ok, that is the only use I have for it. I was going to repot some of my hosta, but the rain was faster then I was. My front yard looks like some of the horder peoples yard on TV. I have been collecting pots to do wintersowing, I guess this weekend is the last chance to do it. Got to use up some of my last year seeds, and also I have been ordering some new ones. I am glad Smity is toing good, probobly will be happier in Spring when he and Jack can have they walk. Sendin you a funny dog picture. Etelka
Carolyn, is it snowing in your area? I remember showeling snow on Easter Sunday in 1983, year before I moved down to Ga. I have not showeled since. I am building a Arc here, my dog house is almost floating, I hope my dog knows how to swim. Etelka
You've made good use of the little pool...until the rain arrived. I recall that Ark feeling all too well.
You have empty pots while I have the hoarder's look with far too many pots filled with daylilies that I had to dig up to get the evil Houttuynia removed but at least the rotten weed is gone. I'm trying to find places for all the pots until they bloom and I can put some at the end of the driveway for anyone that wants the ones I can't keep.
It's just a matter of the looks of a garden with a lot of daylilies. I cut them back after bloom and again in November or December, after frost halts the growth anyhow. It makes for easier spring cleaning outside, for me, and fewer hiding spots for slugs. Just a scissors does the job.
Hello everyone, I put the Wellies on and squished around the garden to take a few pictures today. If there is anymore rain, I may need a row boat to get around outside. I had to clean up the mess of the pine bark mulch off the side walk that had been washed out with the last 3 days of rain. I'm actually happy that we have been getting so much rain to get the garden off to a good start this spring.
I am thrilled to say that clematis armandii never fails to disappoint and has started blooming this week, and has tons on buds yet to open. Now that the Cryptmerias have been limbed up, I will get to enjoy the true beauty of this plant. It usually starts blooming the 2nd to 3rd week of March, but it has been getting more sun and water, which I suspect has caused it to bloom earlier.
The camellias are still blooming. Swan Lake and Carter's Sunburst are still in pots, and need to be planted, Taylor's Perfection has been blooming for weeks.
I have to state that for the clematis, I did not cut the group 2's down as I did is years past, cutting off the old wood, and therefore wating longer to see blooms. I'm looking forward to bloom season this year.
I'm also looking forward to the Brushwood order arriving, and adding the new plants to the garden.
BTW Etelka, your picture of the dogs is too adorable, it took me a minute to get it. My John Warren also appears to have a bud on it.
Blushing here Arlene, thank you so much, you are too kind.
Here is my John Warren, it has a small bud at the very top. I may have to move it to the right of this post for it to get more sun. It's further behind than the other clematis with it's leaf growth.
I trimmed Pink Champagne by 1/3 when I cut all the clematis back last fall. I checked on it this week, and it has been broken down to < 1ft. It was tied to our fence, with neighbors next door who have 2 small boys, and I wonder if they pulled it down? There is no other reason for this clematis to be this size now, all the other trimmed clematis are fine. I may have to put up landscape mesh along the fence to prevent little fingers from getting through.. The good news is that PC has been a vigorous grower for me so it should come back fine.
Edited to add, thanks Marilyn, I love my camellias.
Carolyn you are also too kind. Thank you for the compliments.
Today was a great day, it was a balmy 62 degrees, so I spent all day working in the garden, cleaning up and fertilizing the plants. I put composted manure around all the clematis, since many of them are actively growing now. Next weekend, they'll get they first dose of Epsom salt for the year.
I'm happily exhausted, but I'm thankful I was able to get so much done due to our nice weather. We've got another 2 days of rain coming starting tomorrow, and the cold weather is coming back for a few days. Annette
Clematis armandii continues to put out more blooms, but I haven't been able to enjoy it wonderful scent, it's really cold and windy here today. These pictures were taken yesterday, the camellia is J.G. Drayton that is blooming to the right of armandii.
Some of the other clematis continue to leaf out, despite the cold weather. Durandii is the first picture, which is planted on a trellis that also has a viticella noid, which I now believe is Rubra. Mrs. Cholmodeley has also leafed out and has buds, and Ramona is growing back nicely.
Duchess of Albany, Crystal Fountain, John Warren, and the 4 Arabellas (I'm showing only 1 of them) also have leaves. They seem to be tolerating the freezing temps that we've been having. It looks like later this week, we're starting our warm up here, we'll be below freezing tonight and tomorrow night but then the forecast shows daytime temps in the 60's, and night temps no lower than the 40's after that. I hope the warm temps coming are here to stay, so long as it doesn't get too hot too fast like it did last year. Annette
Hello everyone, this thread has been awfully quiet, I hope everyone is doing well.
We've had a colder week this week with nights in the 20's that did not phase the emerging clematis. I believe my first clematis that will bloom this year will be Patricia Ann Fretwell, she's full of nice fat buds. Ramona is also putting on nice growth. We're expected to get into the 70's this weekend, which will help spur the growth of the other clematis.
I just had a chance to go to the top and read most of the post. Arlene I hope Jack is doing much better. I am glad to hear that they caught it in time. I lost both my father and his sister, my Aunt Daisy, to that. My sister and I get check every 5 years now.
As far as the Clem's, they sure want to start growing. I see so many areas with new growth that I am afraid that when it does warm up I wont be able to keep up with them. I am adding another trellis to the top of 2 that are next to my deck. Now the trellis will go all the way up to the top of the Pergola, at least 12 feet high. I got 1 more trellis this spring, now I have to figure out where to put ti and which clem to plant on it. I ordered 3 more from Brushwood this year.But I have a few I need to move. Come on warm weather, I need a warm sunshine fix.
Belated happy birthday wishes, Marie. I hope you had a great day and will have a wonderful year filled with blooming clematises along with sunny skies and warm weather. Jack is so much better. Thank you for asking. He's back to walking in the morning but not the long walks he had done. Maybe warmer weather will help with that.
I came too close to losing my dad with AAA in 1971 but the end of the year was the loss of my mom, not my dad who lived another 9 years. It's wise to get checked for it since it's so deadly. Only 25% survive surgery regardless of age. They end up bleeding to death in just a few hours. Time is really "of the essence" with AAA. For anyone reading this, the classic sign of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is severe pain in the back, at the waistline, often accompanied by lower abdominal pain. Do not hesitate. Get to a hospital immediately.
Annette - we're all jealous!
Marilyn, my crocuses are in bloom. They began last Sunday. What a welcome sight!
Marie - please tell us which ones you ordered. I've been busy both inside and outside so I haven't been clem hunting, though I did spot one a month or two ago, at Hummingbird, which I love. Here's their page on 'Suzanne'. I think the rounded tepals are so appealing, maybe because I have so many that are pointed.
I did buy two Ville de Lyon clem's at a big box store (labeled as City of Lyon), packaged dormant in green plastic, and immediately planted them indoors in a self-watering pot. Maybe I'm just desperate for spring to arrive though yesterday I was outside working at the "real feel" of 23 degrees.
Belated Happy Birthday Marie, I hope you had an amazing day.
I was checking on the newly planted clematis yesterday, and it looks like Snow Queen that I planted at the mailbox is dead ;~(. It looked perfectly fine last week and had started leafing out. I wonder if one of the neighbor's dog urinated on it? I'm going to cut it back to the ground to see if I can rescue it. Annette
This was a productive garden weekend, I finally got the DH to put up the hooks so that I could get m. Mayleen across the entrance of the back deck. It's leafing out nicely. He was spurred into doing this for me because we had guests coming over for a barbeque to celebrate his birthday. I can't wait to see how many blooms I'm going to get this year. I had been foolishly pruning this vine too much, and therefore cutting off the old wood and blooms, not knowing how to treat a group 1 clematis previously.
I checked on Niobe and Miguel Viso, and noted that they too have buds.
We had temps below freezing this morning, and tomorrow we're expecting a wintry mix. These clematis don't seem to be phased by the cold weather. Here is Crystal Fountain, Duchess of Albany, and Kardynal Wyszynski with a bud in the garden today.
We're back to being chilly for the next week. I'll definitely be getting later blooms this year. Last year because of the early warm weather, Pink Champagne bloomed the 3rd week of March, and Omoshiro, Miguel Viso and Mrs. C bloomed the last week of March. That's not going to happen this year, which is okay. I'll just continue to enjoy the blooming bulbs that we have now.
It's 29 degrees now in NYC. We're a bit cooler out here at the eastern tip of Long Island.
Not much ever bothers the clematises. A very long, prolonged cold spring, will set them back but they bounce back. In 2011 Omoshiro bloomed for the first time on July 8th due to the cold spring but in 2012 the first bloom was May 4th (pictured below). That's a huge difference.
Love the bud! It's the promise of things yet to come.
Heat wave, LOL. We had sleet this morning, but I'm glad it isn't do any damage. We've got more rain coming over the next 2 days, and freezing temps at night into early next week
I seem to a growing collection of things to plant this spring, with the latest being a bunch of tubers, bulbs, and rhizomes from Walmart yesterday. Then Bert emailed that I can come pick up my lily bulbs, oh my!!!! My 3 Heirloom roses arrived yesterday, my standard rose is being shipped from Cali, and I'm waiting on the Brushwood clematis. Soooo many plants, so little time to plant them. What's a gardener to do?
Pray for spring, Annette. I already bought dahlias (from Walmart and Lynch Creek), begonias, Siberian irises, Acidanthera, clematis, and my Bert lilies have arrived. Still have the Mischel's Greenhouse order to complete. Caladiums will arrive in May.
Somehow it all gets done even if it wears us down to do the work. I'm waiting to buy roses until the masonry work is done.
Do you start them under lights, Marilyn? I'm trying one in a very sunny window but there's no sign of anything happening yet...after at least two weeks. I hate the thought of dragging that huge bag, and a smaller bag, down to the basement to put them under lights down there - too many steps!
Hi Pirl, long time no see. Last year I had cut up my dahlia bulbs, left one eye on each, covered with light soil not al the way and put them in a zip loc bag. They all sprouted out, so from 2 bulbs I got 8, gave some away and the friends dahlia was very nice and tall, a very rear white one. I left my bulbs in ground last fall, will see if it will come up. This time I will have cages for them, little bit smaller then tomato cages. Here we have cold weather again, my seeds all sprouted and I am running out of window space and it is to cold to put them out on the porch shelve. Wish you happy Spring soon. Etelka
Hi Etelka. At least you cut your dahlias! I have these huge clumps to plant since I can't spot what eyes look like. We've had dahlias, which I didn't want to dig and didn't love, come up in spring after a warm winter but it's rare.
Good luck with your seedlings! It's been a rough spring for many of us.
I start my dahlias in the basement...but I have sliding glass doors & several windows, so it's pretty light down there...my stepson was a commercial fisherman in Maine, & he gave my DH some plastic fish buckets...I have one left...I just lay the tubers in the bottom & cover with soiless mix, water & they sprout.
Hurray, I have done it, finnaly finshed my project. Pirl, do you think I have to put some wire or some strings in between the posts to have the clems to attache to? It is 6 feet tall and it was not so bad, the next one will be easier and less brused knockels. Etelka
Ohhhh JOY!!!! My Brushwood order came today. So I happily opened the 2 boxes to welcome the new clematis to my garden family, LOL ;~))))))))
The first picture is of the new crew: Chantilly, Andromeda, Yukokoshi, Veronica's Choice, Fleuri, Little Mermaid, Red Star and Best Wishes.
Second picture is of Veronica's Choice with a bud.
Third picture is the 3 smallest of the bunch Andromeda, Fleuri, and Little Mermaid.
Fourth picture is of Little Mermaid, with LITTLE being the key word! Seriously now, did it really have to look like it's name. I will let the smallest ones grow a little more before planting them out into the garden.
Hi everybody, my clems are doing grate, all but one Henryy , have planty of buds, no flower yet. Pirl, I was looking in the old posts about the firtilizer I should use for the clems, I think I remember to use the one with the low first number, I have one for bulbs and flowers that is 4-10-10, or should I get something else.? I have lost all my seedlings, not enough light and to much watering, good thing I have some seeds left, will sow it in the ground in a few days. Hope you are well. I am not a total falieur (?) My famous corner is comming along, I have planted some zinnias , plumbago in the back also black and blue salvia, and some sweetpotato vine, ornamental grass .the James tree is blooming(white dogwood) end I got some coleus plants for $3.25 each, nice and big, I guess they are bigger then mail order. This week I will get my rose from Brushwood, climbing Eden, I hope it does well, never had good luck with roses before. Etelka
Manure and compost would be fine - you don't even need the 4-10-10. Our local nursery owner grows great clematises by giving them a handful of lime one year and some compost the next year. They are not fussy plants. Rose growers certainly do more to get blossoms than clematis growers. I just can't see you as a failure when everything looks so nice and neat. It's good to see James in bloom!
The coleus look wonderful. You can take cuttings of them!
Overwatering kills more plants, and seedlings, than not watering enough. It's an age old problem. People think they are being kind but they kill the very plants they wanted and giving them "just a sip" doesn't get to the roots. Water when the soil is dry and use your finger to test the soil. For seedlings it's totally unimportant for the surface of the soil to be wet. The roots are down below and that's why watering from below is the recommended way to water them.
Hello everyone, here's an update on my m. Mayleen, it's full of buds all over the vine. I'm kicking myself that I have missed out on all these blooms over the years because I was cutting the plant back too harshly.
Ramona is also doing well, and is full of buds. This plant came back from the ground. It was planted on December 16, 2012, and virtually disappeared. It's made a great come back, has many stems, and is also full of buds, despite the exposure to several nights of freezing temps recently. It's grown so much, I had to tie it up on the fence yesterday. The lily that's sprouting close by is OP siesta.
Etelka, your garden and plants are looking lovely.
We've got more rain for tonight and tomorrow, so hopefully it will spur the other clematis to start growing as well. All of them got fertilized at the end of February.
Mayleen looks great. Some people won't allow any perennial to bloom for two years so the roots gather strength so just think of yourself as one of the expert gardeners, Annette. Don't you just love how some, like Ramona, come out of the ground at 90 miles an hour? They are so eager to grow and I love watching them day by day. Freezing temperatures have never bothered any clematis I've owned. Prolonged, cold springs are much more detrimental but they still aren't killed by them.
Thank you both for the compliment, and I'm glad you both have something blooming now.
Arlene, it amazes me how rapidly the clematis do grow, some faster than others despite the same treatment.
It was a cold, dark, dank day here today. I'm shocked to say we didn't get out of the forties, with all the rain that we're having, and our temperature is colder than Anchorage, AK and Detroit, MI right now. WOW!
You deserve every compliment you get, Annette. Because of you I think I'll be ordering Mayleen.
Liberation is my speediest grower. In this collage you can see how quickly it went from the earth to over my head: 34 days! The spring of 2011 was very cool so I was fooled to see such speedy growth. Blooms were very late for all clem's that year.
We're due for mild temperatures but rain. Today was sunny but windy. The last two days were actually so windy I didn't work outside and that's rare for me in spring.
I'm glad to hear Liberation is a speedy grower. This is it's 2nd spring in my garden, I was inspired to order it because of the pictures you posted, just like Omoshiro!
You've got your Liberation growing in such a beautiful setting. I've got to start working on my garden architecture.
Our weather is going to get warmer next week. I'll believe it when I see it. We keep getting fooled into thinking we're warming up for spring, then the weather turns cold again. I'm actually enjoying the cooler weather, and the plants are loving all the rain.
I absolutely agree with you about the weather. A few nice days trick me into believing spring is here and then comes either the sunless days or rain or wind. We wait all winter for spring to arrive. The least Mother Nature could do would be to cooperate with our anxious spirits.
I told you, Daniel D. is my first bloomer, and the others are ready to pop soon. John Warner is so tall, it is visiting the Sunset's trellis, both have buds on. Eaven Hanry is about to cetch up with the rest, it is up 18, it sat there for 2 years. I am planting in between the pansies, I feel bad to pull them up yet. Also all my hostas are peeping, some already have leaves on it. This week is Masters golf week, I hope I wont spend my money before I make it. Life is good. Etelka
Can't blame her...you wait all year for it! This is one my late DH bought for me...not the one I would have chosen...it's a small tree...the blooms are dark purple & unscented...but I don't have the heart to cut it down.
My H. Young got the hint about the new trellis, so it is darting upward, it can go now 6 feet high.
If this is not God's creation, I don't know what? My 100 years old water oak tree is buding and looking good. The Bloodgood JP is doing nice, sorry I will have to trimm some, to be able to get in my house. Happy gardening. Etelka
Your garden is doing well Etelka, hopefully all of the rain we're getting this evening will help get all of the plants really growing.
My dream has come into fruition. M. Mayleen is the first clematis to bloom for me, starting yesterday, and she's full of buds yet to open. I''m going to keep training her over the entrance to the back porch.
I'm not ordering anything until I see what comes up from last year. I got so many then, and some were really babies, some grew, some bloomed, some didn't... Some wilted back to nothing...
We still had snow and ice on the ground last weekend, not even a snowdrop showing above ground, but after the warm spell during the week I hope to see signs of life. We'll be there later on today and I'll see what's what.
My Ruutell has never gotten very big. I have been thinking about moving him because I question whether he gets enough light. He only gets to about 2 - 2 1/2 feet or so for me. I love John Warren though. JW is on my want list.
Glorious morning, and I have to go to work. Got out this morning to water and most of my clematis are blooming, some more then one bloom. I got this clematis from a nursery that kind of didn't know what it was, she said the man brings them to her and it is cheeper when they are not named. It will be a surprise kind, it is almost 5' tall, no bloomes, she kept it in shade. Payed only $6.50 for it, I guess I should just shut up and enjoy it. The second picture is John Warner with Sunset. Have a good day, I will be rolling 400 meatballs. Etelka
That's a lot of meatballs, Etelka! I usually make 36 at a time and then freeze many for future meals. I hope you have enough leftover for your own dinner tonight.
Surprises are fun! I hope it's something you love that you don't already have. The price was right!
On Sunday I went to four nurseries and this clematis was at the second one. I'm amazed that I kept going but figured I couldn't find a more outrageous price than this one was. I already have the clematis but this price wouldn't even tempt me to try it.