Autumn Already?

“Autumn Already?”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


The sweet autumn clematis has started blooming, and this got me to thinking about plant names.   This one in particular because it certainly doesn’t bloom in autumn around here.  Today’s high was 92 and that doesn’t sound like autumn or even the beginning of autumn, does it?  Anyway, the name doesn’t matter when it comes to such a lovely vine.


St Aut Clematis (redu)


It has just started blooming, and it has a ton of buds, so very soon this area will be covered in white flowers that have an unbeatable fragrance.  The flowers will be followed by seed heads.  Because so many seeds are produced, this vine can be invasive.  Around here, I just pull up the ones I do not want, but you do see these Japanese natives growing  and blooming in the woods around here.  This clematis can grow up to thirty feet, but since it blooms on new wood, cutting it almost back to the ground in February keeps mine in check.


St Aut Clematis 2 (redu)


In the above photo you can see all the tiny buds just about ready to start opening.   Maybe this will be in full bloom for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  Then, I’ll certainly have some great photos for you to see.


Favorite Gardening Pastime

“Favorite Gardening Pastime”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Saturday turned out to be a very productive day in the garden.  It was a little on the warm side, but several glasses of iced tea took care of that.  I finally made some headway into planting all the new purchases plus some of the other plants in containers that I have been meaning to place in the garden.  But first, there was my favorite pastime which is walking around the garden in the very early morning and just taking everything in.

The Clematis crispa has started blooming.  If you remember, this was the vine I inadvertently broke in late winter while planting a Caldwell Pink rose bush.  I was so upset, but it turned out to be no big deal as this favorite vine started putting out new sprouts in a few weeks.  Now, there are flowers.  This is only the second year that this clematis has been in the garden, and it is blooming much earlier than last year.  I guess being established does make a big difference.




Planted in front of this clematis is some gladiolus bulbs that are the same lavender color that should be opening in a few days.  Don’t think I planned this, though.  The glads were planted three years ago and keep returning.  It has turned out to be a lucky coincidence that the clematis and the gladiolus are similar colors.

Nearby this clematis is the oakleaf hydrangea.  This is one of my favorite shrubs because it has so much going for it – exfoliating bark, lovely flowers, and foliage that starts out a beautiful celadon green that moves from bright green to red as we go from spring to fall.




Also showing its first flower is Cat’s Whiskers (Orthosiphon stamineus).  This is the first time I have planted this in the garden, and I am hoping that it will overwinter.  I have this placed in the “white” garden in front of the Easter lilies.




Finally, the last of the new flowers is the light yellow daylily that my sister shared from her garden last year.  This is a pass along plant since she received it from my mother, who got it from a neighbor years ago.  I love the bright yellow color, but what really floored me was the size.  It is huge!  The flower must be about ten inches across.  It is the biggest daylily I have ever seen.





After seeing all these beautiful flowering plants, you can understand why I was so enthusiastic about planting all my recent purchases.  I can’t wait for them to be as established and blooming as these.  So, even though it was a hot day, I did enjoy the hours I was outside, finding a home for the newly bought plants.

Clematis Crispa

This post, “Clematis Crispa” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


This past March I attended a local garden show and purchased Clematis crispa, a small, bell-shaped flowered clematis.  It is native to the southeastern U.S.  I saw this plant about five years ago, but it was not for sale.  Since I like to have native plants in the garden because they usually do very well, I was on the lookout for this one.  Luckily, I was able to finally acquire one.  Many cleamtis do not do very well here, esp. the large-flowered ones.  So I have great hopes for this one.  It is supposed to be a fairly easy plant to grow.  What I have read says that it dies down to the ground in winter, so no pruning is needed.  It also is said to have no wilt problems and have attractive seed heads.


It has its first flower, and there is another bud waiting to open.  So, I am thinking that it must be happy were it is planted.  This clematis is only supposed to grow six to ten feet, but I have a feeling it may get taller.  It already has grown over the eight foot trellis it  is planted near, and I have had to gently twine it back on itself.  I do not think this is a prolific bloomer, but I will happy with the little blue bells I do get.