And Imitate the Stars Celestial

DSCN2148DSCN2146I am absolutely spoilt for choice when choosing what to feature in the photographs for my posts recently, and it’s easy to half-plan a candidate but then find there is something else to supersede it, something that takes my breath away, like this Clematis montana ‘Marjorie’ which has completely taken over an old apple tree which may or may not still have a life beneath this starry hairstyle. The flowers may not be such a strikingly obvious colour like some of the montanas, but they demand closer inspection which shows that the flowers begin as creamy white with a green tinge before seeing something they shouldn’t and blushing in embarrassment. And the quantity! As many as there are stars in the sky perhaps……..C.MarjorieWith time at my disposal I have continued to work through my mental list of jobs, planting out more of my seedlings (belatedly realising the merits of pricking out seedlings earlier to create sturdier plants), planting up more of the vacant pots and planning how to deal with the varied collection of tomato and pepper seedlings that have come my way from one of the Golfer’s golfing partners. We are also planning a visit to my Mum’s shortly, so like our visit to Orkney the contents of the greenhouse will require some thought before then. I am hoping that the newbies that have been planted out will be well watered in over the next week and can manage without any attention other than from Mother Nature for a few days.

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16 Responses to And Imitate the Stars Celestial

  1. Pauline says:

    Your clematis is doing what you like doing – rambling! It looks lovely on your old apple tree, how unusual that it changes colour, I don’t think mine does.

    • Cathy says:

      I always forget how profusive this one is, although I am sure it has excelled itself this year! I love the way it dangles down – you described yours as a waterfall but this one is definitely like tresses (and does need a haircut sometimes!)

  2. A very happy and intriguing Clematis.

  3. Wow – I am usually content if I get a half a dozen blooms. That is gorgeous.

  4. Annette says:

    Well, how true, Cathy, and I’m also a lover of Clematis montana…but at this time of year you don’t know what to write about as the garden’s exploding into scent and colour on every corner. Suppose it’s best to just enjoy 🙂

  5. bridget says:

    What a fab Clematis! I’m envious…I want one.

    • Cathy says:

      And clematis montana are so easy to grow – in fact one year it died back with some sort of virus but came away again and is flourishing, as you can see

  6. croftgarden says:

    Am I envious – you bet. Wishing for the stars again and probably the whole universe to grow anything more than 2ft tall in my garden, so I’ll just enjoy yours. Thank you

  7. Liz says:


    Beautiful! I love Marjorie so much and took a few years to finally find one in a garden centre (think I might’ve actually bought it from Harlow Carr?? Can’t remember now!) Can’t wait for mine to be so large, at the moment it’s only about 6foot high, but not yet bulked out; just a few main stems and shorter branches.

    • Cathy says:

      Mine must live a charmed life – it was accidentally strimmed to the ground by the Golfer in its youth, and also succumbed to a fungal disease another year and completely disappeared, but look at it now! If you are hoping to move house you won’t want it so big that you can’t take it with you after tracking it down and nurturing it!

  8. Kris P says:

    Now, that’s a Clematis! Does the apple tree still produce fruit?

    • Cathy says:

      It’s looking as good this year too, Kris. The apple tree is still alive but it didn’t provide any fruit even before the clematis took over – it’s a great support for Marjorie though!

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