While walking round the garden, we all too often are looking down at our plants in the borders. Sometimes it pays to look up to see what is happening above eye level as happened to me the other day. Having been up to the top of the garden, I got a wonderful surprise when I glanced up and found my Clematis montana was in full flower once more.
I’m not sure exactly how tall my oak tree is, but I reckon that the clematis has climbed up about 50 ft before cascading down like a waterfall.
I had planted it facing the house, thinking that it would do it’s cascading where we could see it from the kitchen and dining room windows. The clematis had other ideas, it decided to face the early morning sun and make it’s waterfall of blossom facing east.
It is now spreading sideways into the next tree, where will it stop?!
I pushed my way through the shrubs at the base of the oak and found that the stem is now as thick as my lower arm. It has had hardly any attention at all, most of the time it is neglected and just gets on with the job of spreading where it likes.
Up in the veggie garden is another montana clematis, this time Broughton Star which has semi double flowers. It has now spread to both sides of the fence and has to be trimmed when flowering is over so that this one doesn’t get out of hand.
In the back garden we have a huge ash tree, again probably getting on for 200 yrs old. When our daughter was married 14 yrs ago, I planted the rambling rose, Wedding Day up it, we can now see it has got part way up the tree and last year we saw the first few flowers.
A few years later our son was married and I planted a white Clematis montana, hoping that we would have the same result as the pink one up the oak. This one isn’t going to take as many years before flowering as we can see the buds already, so in a few years time, maybe we will have another waterfall, a white one this time.
I will leave you with a view right across the top of the garden and can see that in the future I will have to forget looking down to the flowers and search the skies for flowers instead!