July 6, 2007
This is the first year that my Jackmannii and Viticella clematis has really done well. I have a 7-foot archway that I’ve fought to keep in order to fulfill my vision of a cascading wall of flowers. After two years of training them up a piece of plastic netting, I think I’ve finally succeded:
My prized Mandschurica clematis (native to northeast China, Mongolia, northern Korea and Russia) has really taken off this year with an abundance of sweetly scented flowers:
A FLOWER BOX
A few weeks ago, I had a landscaper come over to give me suggestions on what I could do with my property. One suggestion was to put a box of flowers beside the garage door wall to break up the space. I found a 5′ cedar planter box on sale at Rona, a 5′ cedar trellis from Pioneer Nursery and a car-load of pretty annuals on a great sale at a nursery near Rockland. I attached two deck posts to the back of the box, drilled a few holes in the bottom, lined it with plastic and attached the trellis. I mixed together black earth (enriched with compost), cow manure, vermiculite and water-retaining granules. Arranging the flowers, I was able to come up with this:
Here’s a close-up of some of the flowers:
A HALF BARREL
I also put together a half barrel that I picked up from a fellow gardener, Ottawa Hortiphilia, through Plantcycle. I used a bunch of my test flowers that I had started from seed: malva, Loves Lies Bleeding, sunflowers and flowering cabbage as well as the rest of the flowers left over from my planter box. Here’s the most impressive side, facing the street:
And here’s the other side:
ON DEATH’S DOOR HANGING FLOWERS
I picked up some half-dead flowers in a hanging pot from a garage sale. They didn’t look too bad so I soaked them for a day in water to perk up. I cut away some of the dead foliage and watered them with some flower fertilizer. They seem to be doing okay now:
I came home one day and found this on my front porch:
Taking a closer look, it seemed to be in really rough shape.
I soaked it overnight, watered it with flower fertilizer and am soaking it again. I’m hoping it’ll come back but it’s looking a little touch and go. I think it’s pretty cool that someone just dropped off their unwanted flower pot at my door, like I’m a flower doctor and can bring it back to life.