I have been finding time to branch out with the blog and join in some monthly and occasionally a weekly garden blogging meme. What’s a meme…well to garden bloggers it is a theme that you write your post around and then link with the host blogger of the meme. In this instance it is the weekly Fertilizer Friday hosted by Tootsie Time. We are asked to “flaunt our flowers” inside or out regardless if you fertilize (although this is a reminder to do so).
Since we have had nothing but snow, I thought a trip down memory lane might brighten up theses white days. I decided to feature a plant that has given me 4 seasons of interest and has been fun to take pics of all year–Belle of Woking clematis. It is a type 2 clematis which means it produces flowers from both the prior year’s growth and this season so you get flowers in spring and early fall. It is best pruned in early spring.
Belle of Woking is considered the standard in a double clematis. It was introduced in England in 1875.
This plant brightens the front of my house and grows in a hot, mostly sunny spot with her feet deep in the shade of other perennials. It is prolific even if I hard prune it in March or early April.
These blooms showed up en masse in May.
I love how the flower buds first appear.
The seed heads soften in later fall to resemble feathers.
These are still going strong in January after the thaw.
And still looking beautiful under this white hat from the recent snow storm.
Hope you enjoyed this Fertilizer Friday…..
If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets