Violet Stars


I mentioned yesterday that some parts of the garden tend not to be featured in the end of month views, and I realised when I rambled this morning how easy it is to be distracted by the joys of one particular plant or group of plants or feature; I certainly hadn’t realised quite how many flowers were open on this Clematis ‘Étoile Violette’ next to the bus shelter which in turn overlooks the rose garden, the roses and underplanted lavender presumably having drawn my eyes away from the clematis.

The same variety is climbing through the ‘Pink Perpetué’ rose at the front of the house, but facing east and in direct sun for much of the day it has been flowering for weeks, this one only being in bud a short time ago. It has a matching partner on the other side of the bus shelter, but planted just last year and not yet flowering. There are climbing roses ‘Madame Alfred Carrière establishing themselves over the structure, and diminutive rose ‘The Fairy’ beginning to cover the ground in front of the fence. On the left side there is an empty and rather lopsided concrete urn waiting for a matching car boot partner for the other side – I hadn’t realised quite how lop sided it was until I uploaded the picture when I also recalled the mirror in the central picture and had to retake to exclude my reflection 😉



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10 Responses to Violet Stars

  1. Pauline says:

    Your Etoille Violette is looking very happy indeed, it is a lovely variety and goes with anything planted nearby. Mine is supposed to be twining gently round an obelisk, instead it has shot up and leapt into the dead oak above and is making a bid to get to the top!!

    • Cathy says:

      The first time I saw one it was growing all along the top of a wall, the wall being covered in chicken wire to give it something to cling too. I am really pleased with how well this one has established as I know in some years I have forgotten to prune it – the one on the other side was a baby one from Aldi last year but it is gradually establishing. Is yours full of flower too, Pauline?

  2. Annette says:

    Etoile Violette is such a beautiful and grateful little thing! Pity the flowering’s over now. Hope The Fairy is behaving and covering the ground as it’s supposed to 😉

    • Cathy says:

      This one is still in full flower, Annette – just the one at the front of the house which has finished for the season. The Fairy has had a very grubby face since our recent downpour, from soil being splashed on her!

  3. Love Clematis and yours is beautiful. I must have the wrong varieties because mine never get that big and full.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Judy – the flowers on this one aren’t huge but there are a lot of them. It always surprises me how some clematis can sulk for years and then start romping away and flowering 😉

  4. Anna says:

    Etoile Violette is a most fine looking clematis Cathy. Hope that its partner gets going with flower production soon,

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Anna – I am not disappointed it hasn’t flowered this year though, just relieved it is looking happy and healthy

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  6. I needed to go back and see a little bit of summer, your Etoille Violette was perfect. Certainly a cure for Sunday evening.

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