Freckles Grows Up

Clematis 'Rebecca'One of the things you don’t really want to happen is for plants to turn up unannounced in December and expect to be planted. At least the ground isn’t frozen today, as it has been some years when things have arrived out of the blue, usually special offers from ‘Gardeners’ World’, as were the poppies and astrantia that surprised me this week. Also a surprise, but a very welcome one, was this Clematis ‘Rebecca’, although it was fractionally less of a surprise as I had opened an email minutes earlier informing me that it was on its way.

It was a Christmas present from A, whose nephew had married the daughter of  clematis grower Raymond Evison, the ‘Frecky Beccky’ after whom Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ was named. Now she is a married woman, Raymond has named this new Clematis ‘Rebecca’ after his daughter, and knowing how fond I am of my ‘Freckles’ A bought me the new clematis to complete the story. What a lovely gesture! My original ‘Freckles flowered non-stop for three years before meeting its demise, and although I have not yet been as fortunate with its replacement, I am ever hopeful to see those lovely freckles again on a regular basis.

I only spent about three quarters of an hour planting these new acquisitions and the two hellebores that I may or may not have bought from Batsford last week, but it has left me completely exhausted. I missed the opportunity yesterday of linking my post title (‘Taken for Granted’) to my current health niggle, as I NEVER take my good health and energy for granted, despite being one of those annoyingly healthy people who is always active. Although the infection seems to have cleared, it has left me feeling remarkably weak, perhaps not surprising after not having eaten for 4 days. Pottering at home and getting lots of sleep is not the same as even short forays outside as I found when we popped out to the shops yesterday. It has come as quite a shock, reminding me that I am not as invincible as I perhaps thought, although only the Golfer has had the effrontery to link it to the too recent advent of the Big Birthday – all downhill from now?! Thank you to all wishing me a speedy recovery – I feel a bit of a fraud as it was ‘only’ a stomach bug, but now I am a vulnerable old person…. well anyway, it genuinely is a pleasure to be part of such a friendly and caring community, so thanks Folks!

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11 Responses to Freckles Grows Up

  1. paulinemulligan says:

    Your new clematis is a lovely Christmas present, is it a winter flowerer like Freckles? Take your time recovering, you want to be 100% for Christmas, I’ve decided that it is to be little and often from now on, just can’t work the way I used to!

    • Cathy says:

      No, it’s a summer flowerer, but I had to check on the internet about the pruning code as it wasn’t on the label. I’ve planted it next to ‘Freckles’.

  2. croftgarden says:

    Old and vulnerable rubbish, tough and hardy like the rest of us. Pull yourself together woman, a brisk 5 mile walk will do you the world of good, bring on pneumonia and then you might have something to whinge* about!

    *from a Northern variant of Old English hwinsian to whine; related to Old High German winsan, winisan, whence Middle High German winsen

    • Cathy says:

      Yes Miss, no Miss – it’s straight back to my life of leisure schedule of swimming x3, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, Body Pump, badminton, etc, then? I shall need some training in whinging, though, as I am a bit inexperienced – where can I get some lessons? ps I managed to summon up the energy for a good giggle when I read your comment – thank you 🙂

      • croftgarden says:

        You realise I am looking at you very sternly over the top of my specs as I say this – what you need is an excess of giggles, smiles and laughter, lots of tea, home-made cake and chocolate. You are obviously too frail for a strict regime of Spartan living and steamed fish.
        Get well soon!

        • Cathy says:

          I hope you don’t lie awake at night fretting that you might inadvertantly have upset someone with your acerbic wit! I have been quite dutiful today with some of your prescribed remedies but the chocolate (plenty of birthday chocs) and homemade cake would still be wasted on me, more’s the pity.

  3. croftgarden says:

    Mea maxima culpa!
    Sorry couldn’t find the Latin tag for sitting on the naughty step.

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