The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

C is for Cookie (and Clematis)

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I do believe I have the winter blues … I wake up and think, I want to keep sleeping and then I get up and all I can think is I want to go back to sleep! BUT, of course, I am also thinking – constantly – about the garden AND that I am due for a post!

My next steps (2 and 3) for my spring plans involve a new “herbway” and rethinking the edge of my property line along the potager … these posts coming soon.

I have also been thinking that I would like to give my garden an official name and I have decided to call it Mohala. Mohala is Hawaiian and for those of you who might not know, I was married in Maui on Secret Cove and Hawaii is very special to me and I do hope for many returns. Anyway, from what I understand, Mohala means “flowers in blossom” or “petals unfolding, shining forth.” Very appropriate for a garden name, I think! I hope to make a sign to mark the name of my garden: “you are invited to step into Mohala” or something thereof. I have been saving all my favorite broken dishes forever (because gardeners are clutzy right?) to make a mosaic and I think this is what they will – finally – be used for. So, “M” is for Mohala and “C” is for clematis.

I inherited one clematis on this property that looked pretty sad growing in what was now the butterfly garden – its roots were cemented in the clay soil and baking quite nicely. If I know anything about clematis – which isn’t very much – it is “cool roots, sunny flowers” or some similar derivative. I moved it to grow along the wall of the front porch and covered its roots with river stone. I am not sure of the variety and don’t think it will get tall enough to work its way up to the lattice work above, but it seems to like its new spot and bloomed for me this past spring …

I would certainly appreciate any helpful hints on what variety of clematis this might be. I venture to guess ‘Kilian Donahue’ ?

I really do love clematis and haven’t had the fortune to own very many which is why I ordered FOUR yesterday from Bluestone Perennials – special discount code – yes! I am risking a couple at Z5 especially where I plan to plant them but “no risk, no reward” a good friend of mine has always claimed. So, I ordered a Sweet Autumn clematis (which has been on my list for a long time), a variety called Montana Mayleen, one called Claire de Lune (my niece’s name is Claire), and an heirloom variety called Triternata Rubromarginata (say that even one time fast)! The following photos, in the order mentioned, are directly from Bluestone Perennials web site.

I plan to plant the larger Sweet Autumn and Mayleen to grow up the lattice work of the front porch – they grow larger. Claire de Lune will be planted in my very new “woodland” garden section – more shady. And the tongue twister will have its own homemade rustic trellis along the northside of the shop/garage wall. I would like to collect more over time. Part of creating a habitat is to plant at all levels – ground, perennials/shrubs, vines, tree canopy. Vines are very important and even if they are not native or offering a food source, they are still connecting the ground to the canopy. Most of these are said to attract butterflies. Now I just have to, patiently, wait for spring delivery.

NOW it’s time for that cookie!

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Author: Kathy Sturr

Author of the Violet Fern blog, artist, and master gardener.

9 thoughts on “C is for Cookie (and Clematis)

  1. I haven't grown clematis before, but this post will inspire me! I think the pink one by your porch is beautiful. I also think Mohala is a perfect name for your garden. Good luck creating the mosaic; it should be lovely and quite special.

  2. I love Clematis, one of my very favorites. They are pretty easy plants too. I love the choices you made, I don't have any of them, but that tongue twister might have to go on my wish list!Now I have that song in my head 🙂

  3. That's so super beautiful! I wish I knew..it is very echanting presence and color..you are lucky!!Kiki~

  4. Hi TVFl, thanks for your enjoyable post. I appreciate the enthusiasm you show and also your creativity – I look forward to seeing the garden name in broken dish mosaics. I have a clematis I planted years ago from seed, and the flowers are very insignificant. But I love its sturdiness and reliability, so I have come to accept it and we are now friends. cheers, catmint

  5. We have 2 indigenous clematis. One which turned out to be, not what I thought it was (don't tell it, not so pretty) growing like mad. The right one, will be pretty, but it is growing aw-ful-ly slow-ly.

  6. Hello,Unfortunately, my attempts at growing Clematis were not successful – I think our summer heat may be a problem. I can't wait to see how your new Clematis look.

  7. your Clematis is lovely! that's one of the few flowers that i have never attempted to try. you've made it look so inviting that i have to read up a little more on them.

  8. Thank you all for your comments! It's good to hear that some of you will now try growing clematis. Would be interested in what varieties everyone is growing and learning more about these beautiful vines. Hopefully, mine will grow and I will be able to post their progress for your enjoyment.

  9. I also love clematis and my favorite is armandi 'snowdrift'…beautiful elongated evergreen leaves and the flowers (here in Atlanta it blooms in March) smell like lemons. Even though it has been abnormally cold here this winter the two plants I have draped over my wooden fence are already heavy with buds. I can't wait for the blooms to open up!

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