I love the color and shape of them. Not sure of their names though- sorry. The one pictured here has a very unique shape. The flower petals are star-shaped, and the color is so nice and vibrant.
Clematises add height to your garden. Most of them are upright twining vines, but some like to spread out horizontally.
Most clematis like about six hours of sunlight to bloom well. Some will do well in partial shade, and in the south they prefer afternoon shade.
They do best in rich soil with good drainage. Avoid fresh manure. Plant the crown a few inches below the surface of the ground. This will encourage buds below the surface to sprout if the main stem gets damaged. The clematises will need support of some kind like a trellis. They are heavy feeders and will benefit from a low nitrogen fertilizer in the spring, and a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) every four to six weeks after that until the end of the season.
Clematises are divided into three distinct pruning groups. Here is some information on pruning your clematises: Growing Clematis Vines
|Same clematis as above only close-up.|
Here is another one of my neighbor's clematises.
|A Kindred Spirit's Fairy/Gnome Garden (Debbie Smith's). Unless you knew this was there you would probably miss it.|
Now For My Visitors!
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
(Papilio cresphontes Cramer)
This butterfly likes my new red coneflower (echinacea). I lost the tag for this and I don't remember the name. When I purchased it, it reminded me of red zinnias and I know how much the butterflies like zinnias so I was hoping to attract some with this variety of coneflower. I think I was right in my assumption. It didn't get very tall this year, so I'm hoping next year that this coneflower will grow considerably taller.
Not a very attractive surrounding in the photo at right, but this one is getting a drink of water from the moist seaweed. They drink from mud puddles as well to take up minerals.
More facts on butterflies: 10 Fascinating Facts About Butterflies
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