Pruning Clematis
      By lavender at May. 28. 2017. with No Comments

      Pruning Clematis We mentioned that sweet autumn clematis blooms on new wood and should be pruned in the spring or late winter to a height of one foot above the ground. There are other rules for different species of clematis.  When they are pruned and how they are pruned frequently depends on the time of...

      Old Man’s Beard  (Clematis virginiana)
      By lavender at May. 27. 2017. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plants, Uncategorized

        Old Man’s Beard Clematis virginiana For those of you who are native plant enthusiasts there is a native version of Clematis terniflora. It is Clematis virginiana or virgin’s bower, also known as old man’s beard. This whimsical common name comes from the fluffy white seed pods that form in in the fall.  This plant...

      Autumn Clematis  (Clematis terniflora)
      By lavender at May. 27. 2017. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plants, Uncategorized

          Is your garden well weeded, thoroughly mulched and nary a plant that does not have a tag with its proper name inscribed upon it? You don’t know what you are missing!  I looked out the window last week and saw that a 6 foot azalea bush had suddenly sprouted numerous panicles of white...

      Monarda punctata L. (Spotted Bee Balm)
      By lavender at May. 27. 2017. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plants

          Monarda punctata L. Spotted bee balm, horsemint or Monarda punctata L. call it what you will but by any name it in an interesting addition to the garden. I picked mine up as a seedling at the Shaver’s Creek native plant sale. I wasn’t really expecting to see it this year as it...

      Drought Tolerant Container Plants
      By lavender at May. 27. 2017. with No Comments

        When we have a dry summer we often retrospectively rethink our plantings. While in ground perennials survive with only a bit of extra watering, it is those baskets and planters that we so optimistically planted in May that keep us watering and watering and watering. While we cannot predict if we are going to...


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