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.
May 16, 2008 | 3:06 PM PST
I would have sat down in the garden and cried. I found some little worm on one of my Clems. Maybe an inch worm? It looks like one of the curly stems until you touch or disturb it then that little worm stands straight out from the stem and holds perfectly still. I have just been knocking them off as I see them. They are on the top of the vine so I wonder if they just haven't hatched in that area.
Good thing about Clems, they will come back. Linda B
May 17, 2008 | 1:05 AM PST
My only consolation was that clems do come back. All my clems are now 3 to 4 years old so they will definitely be back. I actually wrap one planter with those green nylon tarp but due to very strong wind, it just suffocated the whole plant and wilted. My corns which are getting tall now are not standing anymore, they are all just laying down. I don't know what to do anymore. If this wind ever come back again as predicted, I am sure all my clematis blooms will be blown away. Very very frustrating.