Category Archives: Vine

Three Honeysuckles

We have three regular honeysuckles in the yard and one evergreen honeysuckle. I will post pictures of the evergreen honeysuckle separately.

The purple-leaf honeysuckle is on the front of the house, and it bloomed in early June. The variegated honeysuckle and the late Dutch honeysuckle are both on the swing. The variegated honeysuckle bloomed in May, and the late Dutch honeysuckle is blooming right now (it has been blooming since June).

purple-leaf honeysuckle: Lonicera japonica ‘Purpurea’:

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variegated honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’:

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late Dutch honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’:

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White-Variegated Jasmine

The white-variegated jasmine (Jasminum officinale ‘Argenteovariegatum’) suffered a little over the winter, but it bounced back quite nicely. The plant has the lovely jasmine scent and also has really interesting feathery foliage. These pictures are from mid-June and early July.

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Spring Clematises

We currently have four clematises: three are in the ground and one I’ll be planting tomorrow (if the weather cooperates). The evergreen clematis blooms very early–I think March–and I did not take any pictures of it this year because it is a little unhealthy (the landscapers put a heap of gravel on its roots, and it hasn’t been the same since).

We have two clematises that bloom in late spring (and I think are blooming right now, but they could be finished). The clematis in the woodland garden is old, and I am not sure what its name is. I’m surprised that I do not have more pictures of these clematises.

Woodland garden clematis:

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Clematis ‘Warsaw Nike’:

Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'

The woodland garden clematis is the one that shares its trellis with the akebia.

Akebia

We have a fiveleaf akebia (Akebia quinata) in the woodland garden. These pictures of it blooming are from late April (I’m not sure how long it bloomed–a lot of stuff was going on then, and I didn’t even notice that the vine was blooming until the co-gardener pointed it out). The akebia shares a trellis with a clematis that is entirely covering the area now (I will post pictures of the clematis separately). I think the akebia has a scent, but I can’t remember much about it right now, so obviously I did not sniff it this year.

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Sweet Peas

The sweet peas are growing in this pot, and have really taken off. They smell nice and make wonderful cut flowers. The more one cuts, the more they grow. They have largely taken over the container, but that is alright.

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Two Clematis

This is a clematis growing along a deck post, ‘Warsaw Nike’:

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This one is in the woodland garden – it is old and I don’t know its name:

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There is a clematis that I intend to get next year. It is new and supposed to be scented with a longer (summer) blooming period. You will have to wait until I have it! I think it will be mail order.

Planting, Pruning, Potting

This is recent work that the co-gardener and I have done in the yard. The order is not especially correct, but that little matters.

This planter is from the garden show, and will have flowers spilling out of it soon

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I pruned the last set of ferns

pruned fern pile

pruned fern pile

You can see that the ferns that I previously pruned are coming back nicely

ferns growing back

ferns growing back

Potted conifers

potted: Cryptomeria japonica 'Pygmaea' and Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Spiralis'

potted: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Pygmaea’ and Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’

potted: Cryptomeria japonica 'Pygmaea'

potted: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Pygmaea’

potted: Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Spiralis'

potted: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’

These two heucheras (‘Snow Angel’) were moved out of the shady woodland garden, where they were not doing well, and into the peony area. Hopefully they will refoliate and flourish. Ciscoe Morris, at his talk, mentioned that heucheras sometimes need to be moved.

moved: Heuchera sanguinea 'Snow Angel'

moved: Heuchera sanguinea ‘Snow Angel’

moved: Heuchera sanguinea 'Snow Angel'

moved: Heuchera sanguinea ‘Snow Angel’

A new lamium was planted in the peony garden, in partial shade. It had two different tags on it – “White Nancy” and “Pink Chablis,” so it is unknown what color it will be when it blooms.

deadnettle: Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy' or 'Pink Chablis'

, deadnettle: Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ or ‘Pink Chablis’

This year’s African daisy (osteospermum)

African daisy: Osteospermum

African daisy: Osteospermum

The lantana potted up

Teenie Genie compact lantana: Lantana camara 'Monike'

Teenie Genie compact lantana: Lantana camara ‘Monike’

I thought that since lewisias need so much drainage, a pot might be the way to go.

Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series'

Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Series’

The new evergreen honeysuckle, planted. It is to grow over a woody section of the big clematis.

evergreen honeysuckle: Lonicera 'henryi'

evergreen honeysuckle: Lonicera henryi

The co-gardener did some spontaneous pruning of the abelia (Abelia x ‘Edward Goucher’) so that it would no longer merge into the ceanothus (Ceanothus thrysiflorus ‘Perado’). Some of the neighbor’s bamboo came out too.

pruning pile: abelia, bamboo, cherry trees

pruning pile: abelia, bamboo, cherry trees

pruning: neighbor's bamboo

pruning: neighbor’s bamboo

after pruning: El Dorado ceanothus: Ceanothus thrysiflorus 'Perado' and Abelia x 'Edward Goucher'

after pruning: El Dorado ceanothus: Ceanothus thrysiflorus ‘Perado’ and Abelia x ‘Edward Goucher’

after pruning: El Dorado ceanothus: Ceanothus thrysiflorus 'Perado' and Abelia x 'Edward Goucher'

after pruning: El Dorado ceanothus: Ceanothus thrysiflorus ‘Perado’ and Abelia x ‘Edward Goucher’

Planting:

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Marconi'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Marconi’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Silver Princess'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Silver Princess’

sea thrift: Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorf Pride'

sea thrift: Armeria maritima ‘Dusseldorf Pride’

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima 'Nifty Thrifty'

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima ‘Nifty Thrifty’

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima 'Nifty Thrifty'

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima ‘Nifty Thrifty’

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima 'Nifty Thrifty'

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima ‘Nifty Thrifty’

sea thrift: Armeria maritima 'Alba'

sea thrift: Armeria maritima ‘Alba’

Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight' (coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’ (coneflower)

wallflower: Erysimum 'Winter Orchid'

wallflower: Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’

Scabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist' (pincushion flower)

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Pink Mist’ (pincushion flower)

Seeds to plant (plus some poppies not pictured here). The zinnias, nasturtiums, and poppies are already in (near the fountain).

This year's seeds (plus poppies)

This year’s seeds (plus poppies)

The hops vine (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’) in the ground. It, too, is hopefully going to cover up the woody part of the big clematis.

golden hops: Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

golden hops: Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’

The new dahlias from the garden show planted

dahlias planted

dahlias planted

And as always, I’ve been weeding

Purchase from the Big Nursery

Recently we went to the big nursery so that I could pick up a housewarming present (an indoor plant). We bought a few other things as well.

  • BeeGuardian: First of all, this rang up $2 more, and I didn’t catch it. At $4.99 it seemed reasonable, at $6.99 it seems like I’m indulging the bees. Anyhow, it is for the Crown Bees system. One is supposed to take their tubes out of the house during the summer so that parasites don’t mess with the tubes. However, I am yet to have any bees use the tubes – it looks like my cocoons hatched and the bees immediately starting using the co-gardener’s wooden bees houses – much to the amusement of the co-gardener. See this post for bee setup.
  • Golden hops – Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’: There is a woody area of the big clematis, and the co-gardener wants to train this hops vine (and the evergreen honeysuckle) up the wood so it looks a little nicer.
  • California fuchsia – Zauschneria californica: I was interested in this because I read that it is a hummingbird plant… then I got home and found out how absolutely huge it gets. I think I may put it in a pot to restrain it a little.
  • Variegated sea thrift – Armeria maritima ‘Nifty Thrifty’ – I already purchased some sea thrifts, but this variegation couldn’t be passed up. Such an adorable little tufty thing.
  • Maidenhair vine (creeping wire vine) – Muehlenbeckia complexa x2: these are to trail down from pots – or to add to the rockery as seen here
  • Monkshood – Aconitum cammarum ‘Stainless Steel’: I’ve wanted a monkshood for a long time, but it seems like every time I see them they are about $20… this one was less, and will likely go in the swamp. By the way, monkshood is poisonous.
  • Creeping phlox (moss phlox) – Phlox subulata ‘Candystripe’ (also written as ‘Candy Stripe’): this plant is just sweet, and could easily go anywhere conditions allow. It is a groundcover phlox.
  • Campanula ‘Pink Octopus’ (bellflower): I thought I had a plan for this – I was going to put it in one of the spots from which the heucheras came out (more about that later), but now I am not so sure. It will probably go in the woodland garden somewhere… I just wonder if it is too tall for that spot – once the ferns have regrown, they will hang over that quite thoroughly. It is also one of the shadiest spots in the yard (partially thanks to the hanging ferns), and I hope that that is ok. Generally I prune at those ferns so they don’t hang over everything… but it is hard to stay on top of it. So I’m a little uncertain about this one.
  • Pussytoes – Antennaria dioica ‘Rubra’: I had never seen pussytoes before, but I thought it was just darling and the blossom things do feel like fur! This wants full sun and excellent drainage, so I will probably try to find a spot in the front. The front is pretty full, but it looks like some dianthuses didn’t make it (my theory is that they were annual dianthuses disguised as perennials), so maybe that frees up a couple of spots. Oh, the Indian feathers (Gaura lindheimeri) mysteriously died, and have already been pulled out. They had great real estate, and I have to think about what to put there (the co-gardener mostly leaves it up to me, which is very kind. We kind of have certain sections of the yard, and it appears that I have the front minus the azalea garden). I don’t know whether to buy something new, or to use something from the little pile on the back deck of plants for the front. I should pick something from the pile, but it is such good real estate that I want to be sure. This is right next to the path that comes down from the front door. I’m tempted to put the new hebe (Hebe pimeleoides ‘Quicksilver’) there since it is evergreen, but I don’t want to force my love for hebes upon, well, anything. Take up good real estate with them, selfishly. So I am not sure. Thing is, the front is so covered in bulbs right now that it is hard to visualize much. The petals are beginning to fall, but I am supposed to leave the bulbs in the ground for awhile so that they can absurd energy from the sun. The swamp is another matter: I think I can easily place those plants once I have time to do so (so much to do!).

Naturally, more to come once these plants are blooming or are in the ground.

BeeGuardian

BeeGuardian

BeeGuardian

BeeGuardian

golden hops: Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

golden hops: Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’

California fuchsia: Zauschneria californica

California fuchsia: Zauschneria californica

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima 'Nifty Thrifty'

variegated sea thrift: Armeria maritima ‘Nifty Thrifty’

maidenhair vine: Muehlenbeckia complexa

maidenhair vine: Muehlenbeckia complexa

monkshood: Aconitum cammarum 'Stainless Steel'

monkshood: Aconitum cammarum ‘Stainless Steel’

creeping phlox: Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'

creeping phlox: Phlox subulata ‘Candy Stripe’

Campanula 'Pink Octopus' (bellflower)

Campanula ‘Pink Octopus’ (bellflower)

pussytoes: Antennaria dioica 'Rubra'

pussytoes: Antennaria dioica ‘Rubra’