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Signs of Spring 2012
Tue 31-Jan-12
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Hattie
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I noticed this morning that my early Spring Clematis "Freckles" is in bloom, about a month earlier than usual. It is one of the earliest for me, white with maroon freckles. It climbs up a rose tree/very large bush, about 10ft high. smile

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Tue 31-Jan-12
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Sounds lovely, my clematis is very much asleep still!

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Tue 31-Jan-12
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Are you able to let us see a picture of it Hattie, or shall I Google for it?

I'll try that again!

Tue 31-Jan-12
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I have just found this picture, it's gorgeous!

I'll try that again!

Tue 31-Jan-12
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Yes TA, that's the one....I love it.

I have about 25 clematis in my front & back gardens, they are lovely & it means I have different ones blooming throughout most of the year. I tried growing the scented winter-flowering variety but it just does not like growing here & always dies.....sadly. cry

 

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Tue 31-Jan-12
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25?  Oh you must have planned that so well!  I wish I had a proper garden.

I'll try that again!

Tue 31-Jan-12
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My 'Freckles" got hammered by last Winter, it was getting well established, but two really harsh winters of repeated snow were too much for it, we're just too exposed for it to cope with repeated -10.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Tue 31-Jan-12
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Actually my "Freckles" suffered badly in the previous winter & last year it was pulled down to the ground by the weight of the snow& ice. But when Spring arrived in a rush it sprouted & rushed up the rose tree again. A lot of the other Spring flowering varieties are already throwing out new shoots. 

TA, it's not good planning I just dig a very deep hole & fill up with lots og matured chicken compost. They like very fertile soil & deep roots. I don't do much else to them....benign neglect seems to work best, seems to me. Oh one thing I always do when planting is to put very large stones or paving slabs at their feet....this reminds me where they are & keeps the soil from drying out so fast. All of mine just wander through my rambling/climbing roses in gentle chaos.

 

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Tue 31-Jan-12
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It sounds lovely Hattie.

I'll try that again!

Tue 31-Jan-12
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I don't seem to have a lot of luck with clematis, I have a couple that do ok and 'survive' every year, but nothing like the rambling plants I would love....I think it's just too open and windy here.

Wed 1-Feb-12
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Most of mine do ok, but the slightly more sensitive varieties don't stay long- too many NE winds whip past us!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 1-Feb-12
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All signs of spring under 3 inches of snow! A tawny owl flew in front of my face yesterday evening, clearly visible in the starlight. It made me jump as I am used to being dive bombed by bats but this was a bit bigger! Beautiful though.

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Wed 1-Feb-12
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That's impressive, being mobbed by an owl!

I'll try that again!

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Not sure what it says about me!

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Magnet!?  big_hug

I'll try that again!

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