Hanging Out of the Kitchen Window

IMG_2009There are four windows in our kitchen, two that look out over the garden and two that are on the side of the house. From the former I can view the garden up to the sitooterie (and the top of the trees beyond) and currently enjoy the pleasurable  pinkness of Clematis montana ‘Warwickshire Rose’ which is clambering up the magnolia. The last few days have also revealed that ‘Rambling Rector’, the rambling rose on the arbour on the left is covered in buds – this usually flowers in early June although last year it was the end of the month and into July, so buds in early May are very unusual.

IMG_2011 IMG_2010IMG_2013The rector was severely overhauled two years ago and pruned equally severely last year, but it looks as if we are being rewarded not only with a much tidier rambler but an equally large number of flowers. There is a clematis trained up the nearest pillar of the arbour, texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’, which has done nothing except mind its own business for a number of years, but close inspection in the last week suggests that at last there are buds developing, so that will be something else to gaze at from the windows!

Now, if I stuck my head out of the window, twizzled around and looked UP, I might (with some contortion) also see the wisteria which has suddenly begun to colour up. Again, this is early, usually being in full flower at the end of May – but hey, who cares! It’s going to be beautiful!


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16 Responses to Hanging Out of the Kitchen Window

  1. Christina says:

    Lots of pink lovelyness, Cathy. Won’t the montana take of the magnolia? I love Rambling Rector, I look forward to seeing more of him.

    • Cathy says:

      There hasn’t been a confliction of interest as yet, but both are accessible if either need attention. RR may only be in flower for a month – but what a month! (like the wisteria) 🙂

  2. It all looks good, Cathy. What great views you have! Must make the washing-up easier! Tell me, who has to prune the Wisteria? Or is it polite enough to look after itself!

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t know what it would do if it was left to its own devices and pruning it is one of my enjoyable rituals. I planted it in 2000 and it took about 6 years till it flowered – I cried at the first flower buds!! I have been pruning it on midsummer’s day and Christmas Eve (approx) but am going to delay the summer pruning as it grows so much after June. I must be doing OK with the pruning, though, to have it flower like it does!

  3. Beautiful climbers already!!

  4. Kris P says:

    Sometimes plants adapt to the changes in climate conditions better than we do. the view from your kitchen window is certainly splendid, Cathy.

  5. Absolutely beautiful! Your garden is so lovely, and I love the pink clematis. I adore wisteria! The fragrance is intoxicating. Lovely photos, Cathy.

  6. Chloris says:

    I love your Montana Clematis. And haven’t you done well to get your Wisteria looking so good.
    I love The Rambling Rector but mine rambled all over and then died. That is good planning to have a Montana Clematis and then a Wisteria and then a rose finishing up with your C. Gravetye Beauty, so you have something to look at from your window for most of the summer.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Chloris, but I have to confess it wasn’t specifically planned for continuity. RR was one of the very few plants that were in the garden when we came (so is easily 18+ years old and probably at least 30) and the magnolia was moved to where it is because we changed our minds about the soakaway for the extension. And of course the gable was the ideal place for the wisteria!! We did plant a clematis up the wisteria stem too but it didn’t do well but it likes its new home as I shall show soon 🙂

  7. I’m still chicken when it comes to ramblers, they are exactly the kind of thing that I would neglect and then regret. Love your wisteria, and am still wondering about what to set clematis scrambling up, your collection is very inspiring.

    • Cathy says:

      As I said to Chloris, the rambler has been there far longer than we have and was very badly neglected until I did a major overhaul last year. See https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/the-cut-down-tale-of-the-rector-and-three-ladies/ and the post previous to that for an idea of how much dead wood there was in there. I was really surprised at how well it flowered after that and this year for the first time I cut it back after flowering and it is smothered in buds again. The moral – it doesn’t seem to matter if it gets neglected, except that it will just get bigger and bigger until you give it some attention again!

  8. wellywoman says:

    It is strange this year. Some plants seem early and others late. Although with such topsy-turvy weather over the last few years I’m no longer sure there is such a fixed flowering period any more. Loving the pink of the clematis and it sounds like ‘Rambling Rector’ will put on a good show soon. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the Rector doesn’t flower for long but he is stunning. The Golfer and I compete to see who spots the first open bud…!

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