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I drastically pruned a few of my clematis to get another bloom sometime next month. I wonder what happened to my Ruby Glow. It was the first one to bloom last year but this year, it is weak and no bloom yet. I lost about 15 now of the 72 plants I havebut not too worry, I said, they may come back some other time as I heard they do.
Happy gardening to all.
I thought this clemais will never survive when the blooms wilted in May due to the intense heat we were having that month. There was no remaining green wood on this plant cutting the stems inch by inch until I got down to the soil. That really panicked me and I got distressed. But sometime in July, I saw a small green sprout and I was estatic that maybe there is still life in there so I babied this plant almost everyday watching it grow like a baby. Lo and behold, the flowers are now blooming, still not as big as I would have wanted and as they should be but hey, I am not complaining. Maybe next year they will really blossom to their fullest grandeur. These pictures were taken today, one in the early morning with not much light and one this noon.
I forgot to take pictures of these when they first started blooming. Both have now faded somewhat from the heat of the sun but this is the first year Star of India (puple) had these many blooms while this is only the second year for Ville de Lyon (pink) planted near f. Sieboldii so not much blooms yet.
We had verry strong howling winds the last two days here which wreck havoc on my container planters. Worst damage was on my clematis Rhapsody which dried up and wilted most of the blooms. The wind survivors are those in-ground planted against the back wall fence. Before I lose all the blooms with another strong winds predicted in the next few days, I took their pictures.
Minuet planted with Victoria
The one surviving Rhapsody bloom.
My only joy when I am blue is my garden and taking photos of my clematis. Today, I took pictures of Blue Light and Cassis although some Cassis blooms are fading now from too much sun. The colors are somewhat altered because I took them in intense sunlight. At least the blooms are still there. The first picture is Cassis. Can anyone recommend a good digital mini-camera for outdoor pictures?
I had been moping, grieving, and sulking for a few days now but today, I ventured out because the weather is nicer and lo and behold, my clematis Grandiflora decided to put on a show. This is its first year of blooming although it is already 3 years old. Ville de Lyon and Serenata are so dependable, they keep coming trying to outdo each other. The corn I planted two weeks ago seems to be going nowhere so I will try again on 4/5 which according to the Farmers Almanac should be a good day for planting above ground crops and corn in particular. I will try the 3 sisters planting guide which will include corn, then beans two weeks later then squash. I just bought the seeds from Parkseeds and this is a try-out so I will see if it works. Here are some pictures of Grandiflora (white), Ville de Lyon (pink) and Serenata (purple).
I was planning to prune the Apple Blossom clematis today as it has finished its flowering. But then, I noticed that there were two blooming clematis on AB's arbor. I thought that I trailed a Jackmanii to that arbor. As it turned out, it was not Jack, a purple clematis, but Guernsey Cream. Whew! was I glad that it was GC. GC is a type 2 and Jack is a type 3. I would have such a headache come pruning time for Jack. When I first started planting clematis 4 years ago, I did not know hoot about them. It was a learning process but of course, as I was so eager to start my garden, I combined a purple clematis, Jackmanii, and a white clematis, GC. I thought it would look marvelous to see the two colors blooming in one trellis but they are of different pruning type. Well, lessons learned by mistakes. I just have to be overly careful come pruning time. This year, I just pruned them both the same to a height of 1 ft except for the long long stem of GC trailing on the arbor.
First one ahead of them all except Apple Blossom is clematis Ruby Glow to open up today. One taken in the shade is sharper than the one taken in full sun. Clematis on the Web says that its color can range from ruby red to purple pink. I don't know what color to call this, lavender? lilac? light purple? It shows no pink at all. First one was taken in full sun, kind of fuzzy but second was taken in the shade.
This was taken today. This Clematis is already 3 years old. This is the first time it blooms like this. In previous years, I get at the most a dozen blooms. Happy gardening to all.
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Started on 2/21 pruning my clematis and just finished all 72 of them today 2/26. I was late on some varieties as they had grown tall already but I was heartless on some as they needed hard pruning. Also pruned the grapes and hibiscus and finished weeding as well. Planted also an aloe vera pup in one small terra cotta pot. I hope the lemon grass survived the winter and not die. I love trimming the leaves which I use for hot tea; the lemon grass really help me sleep good.