Clematis Show

This week’s veggie harvests have included the first snap peas and Little Marvel garden peas. So sweet and so yummy!

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One of my favorite things about the clematis vines at Coppertop is the succession of continual color they provide. Beginning a few months ago, at least one variety of clematis has been in bloom. Right now these two beauties near the perennial beds are putting on a show. The first, growing up a garden lamp post is most likely a Jackmanii with its deep purple blooms.

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This pale beauty is vigorously established near the grapevine arch.

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Of the dozen or so clematis vines here, we were only responsible for planting three in May 2014 against the garden shed: two purpurea plena elegans and one guernsey cream. These have grown to fill their trellises. The white bloomed beautifully in April and May, but the reddish-purple, although over nine feet tall, have small, double flowers that aren’t as healthy as I would like. Perhaps an application of lime would help sweeten the soil there? More research is required.

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