Wednesday, June 13, 2007


This is Niobe - I planted it last year and it bloomed for the first time this year. The lovely dark wine blooms are very large. I have this clematis on the fence behind the Country Dancer rose (in the garden behind the big boat, for those who know my gardens!)
My gazebo. I have clematis planted on each corner. I think I've put 7 plants in total. One (Sweet Autumn) appears to be dead. Two others I think will bloom, but they're really off to a slow start. The rest seem to be doing okay. I picture this some day with vines going clear to the top - and blooming all summer long, of course!! It is pretty fun when it is blooming, for sure.
(This photo will be big if you click on it - can you see my cool rocking chair and benches in the gazebo? The iron planter under one window has begonias planted in it - hopefully they'll be blooming soon.)

The Jackmani just opened. I love this deep purple bloom. I also have Jackmani on the lattice under the porch in my rose garden by the house. It looks really cool behind the pink roses and blends with the purple delphinium that's blooming now.

This is Sugar Candy (thanks Sylvana!). It always has a really heavy bloom. I love it.

This is another good bloomer - and I don't know the name. If anyone does, I'd love to know. It blooms heavily too. Along with the white one I've shown you before (Marie Boisselot), there are a ton of blooms right now.
A close up of the unknown clem - I think it's really pretty.
(much lighter color than Sugar Candy)


Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... I have such a great mental picture of that gazebo covered in clematis, Kris! Lovely! :)

By the way, I've been working at a garden center here this spring and you aren't the only one to lose a SAC to this weird winter. The other thing that surprised me was the number of people who have lost regular old green coral bells.

Laurie & Chris said...

Your clematis are so pretty. They look great on the gazebo.I love all of your iron items they look so nice. Do you sit out there and read?

Karen said...

I had no idea there are so many different kinds of clematis. The unknown one looks like fabric.


Tristi Pinkston said...

Thank you for giving us something beautiful to look at while we're surfing the web.

Moe said...

We just moved in to a new house and the previous owners had put clematis all over. None of it has bloomed, yet, though! Hoepfully we'll get some great blooms like you have.

Also, great collection of roses on the sidebar! My father has roughly 40 different types of roses and I've just recently finished photographing and cataloging them. Hopefully I can put them all up on the blog, soon.

Thanks for stopping by! Great blog!

peter hoh said...

Be patient with your Niobe. Mine took 6 years to get big and prolific, and now I wish that I had given it more room and a much bigger trellis.

The Jackmani looks like the clematis that I have been unable to identify/find the label. Do some of the blossoms have 5 or 6 petals, or are they all 4 petals?

Kitt said...

I think Jackmani is the most common clem. I've got one blooming at my old house now. I think it's all four petals.

You have a wonderful variety, Kris. I'm planning to put more in once I get my act together.

violetlady said...

As always, thank you for the wonderful pictures to dream on.

kris said...

Thanks blackswamp_girl! I have a couple Jackmani clematis on the gazebo, and one of them has made it almost to the top this year. It could be very fun if they all do that! I think it must have been the crazy weather that took the sac - it looked really healthy last fall :)

Thanks laurie & chris - I love all my iron stuff too. I do sit in the gazebo and read sometimes - and sometimes I just sit there and enjoy my little floral kingdom!

Hi Karen - thanks. One of my next goals is to get some climbing roses going and intertwine clematis with them. I'm trying to talk Mark into building me a pergola... I'll let you know how that works out! :)

My pleasure, tristi - glad you're enjoying them!

Hi moe - I hope your clematis blooms yet this year - they are so gorgeous. Won't it be fun to see what colors you have!
I'll be watching for the posts on your father's roses - I love seeing what other gardeners are growing - and with roses it's fun to see the colors and types of blooms. Can't wait!

Hi peter - good news about the Niobe - I have about 20 feet of fence there for it to roam! I think it's a gorgeous clematis.
I looked and all of my Jackmani seem to have only 4 petals. If yours is a different one, it would be nice to find the name - I love the deep purple color.

Thanks kitt - I'm pretty bad about seeing a new clem (or rose or lily or daylily or...) and bringing it home because I must have it in my garden! Guess that explains why I seem to dig up more of the yard every year for garden space! I can't wait to see what you do in your new garden :)

Thanks violetlady - I'm happy to share!

Connie said...

Your unknown clematis looks a lot like one I have called 'Hagley Hybrid' which is a mauve pink color. Although the flower petals on mine are more flat, and not back curved as yours are.

kris said...

Connie - you know, I have seen Hagley Hybrid at the garden centers - I wonder if that is what I put there. I looked at it today and the older blooms are flatter - the color goes from a mauve pink to more of a lavendar as they age. Whatever it is, I like it!