Isn’t she lovely? Clematis integrifolia ‘Pastel Blue’, fully open in all her twistiness – it has been so intriguing watching her and her buds progress to this stage and she is obviously happy to be here. She was moved from her position in what is now the left hand hot border where she was poised to climb up a ceanothus, but had barely begun scrambling when she was whisked away to her new home (the ceanothus was less fortunate as he was merely whisked away…).
Also bringing delight, or at least hints of delights to come, is the leafy evidence of dahlias in the hot borders. Pushing their way up behind Crocosmia ‘Canary Bird’ are D. Bishop of Llandaff on the left, overwintered under a mulch and re-emerging when hope of it doing so was nearly exhausted, and D. Procyon to the right, a fiery red and orange decorative dahlia. As this is the first time I have started dahlias off from tubers I have not been entirely sure what to expect timewise, but have seen dahlias popping up in other people’s blogs so am unsure why my flowers are going to be that much later. Hopefully when they do arrive they will do a good job prolonging the colour in these borders now the geum have all been cut back, although the crocosmia are doing a grand job in the meantime along with the late sown nasturtium.