Eight Pillars of…erm…Wisdom?

IMG_4650IMG_2193-001Before the current revamp of the garden, started just a little before this blog at the beginning of 2012, there was a kind of elongated archway which crossed part of the area that now has the four ‘herbaceous’ beds and which was created to support lots of clematis on the various uprights. The clematis never really thrived there so the painting on the gallery fence which shows that area of the garden during that period involved a certain degree of artistic license.

An alternative structure dedicated to clematis was therefore a prerequisite of those more recent changes and like the best ideas the ‘clematis colonnade’ was built on a whim, with  bricks, cobbles, slabs and paviors and soil recycled from within the garden where other changes had taken place. There were only two or three clematis moved to the colonnade when it was completed in late spring 3 years ago, but others have been added since with varying degrees of success. The sole spring flowering clematis was C alpina ‘Constance’, moved to a pot during construction and only now returning to her former glory, but in anticipation of future glories I ordered 7 new neighbours for her in April last year. Some arrived in flower and although I couldn’t expect them to settle in immediately they clearly have done since and are rewarding me now for my patience – so perhaps there was some wisdom involved…

Left and right from front to back, Rosy Pagoda and White Columbine:


Constance and Helsingborg:


Foxy and Ocean Pearl:


Pamela Jackman and Jacqueline du Pré:

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Asked if they were happy, like all good Clematis alpina they just nodded at me…

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16 Responses to Eight Pillars of…erm…Wisdom?

  1. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Your ‘clematis colonnade’ is so nice!

  2. What a lovely idea! 🙂

  3. Always enjoy your posts. As usual, I come away with new ideas for my own garden. I needed this ‘fix.’ I have been out of the garden finishing a novel that is now published. Yesterday, I headed right to the nursery. Spring in North Carolina is always a joy. This one is no exception. Thanks for all the work you put into creating your blog.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Stepheny – I gain pleasure from writing it as well as the interaction with others, so it is good to know how much you enjoy reading it. Enjoy spring now you have been able to come up for air – and I hope your novel does well!

  4. Noelle says:

    I love your pillars, it a great way of having light coming from different angles and showing off the leaves and flowers. Against a wall or fence, there is much more limited possibility.

  5. Pauline says:

    You certainly have lots of gorgeous Clematis on your colonnade. It must look very pretty and colourful seeing them all at once. At least there won’t be a problem pruning them if they are all the same type. All mine on the pergola are viticellas, so they all just get chopped down in the spring, already they are really tall and forming flower buds.

    • Cathy says:

      Ah well, not quite as easy as that because there is more than one clematis on each pillar as i will show you in another post! It should be worth the effort in getting the pruning right though 🙂 I haven’t got many viticellas though – yours are lovely as I recall…

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    The Clematis colonnade is a great feature in your garden Cathy. I would think there are Clematis varieties available to have some in flower almost all year.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh indeed Brian – there are clematis to flower later on these pillars too, and there is still C cirrhosa Jingle Bells with the occasional flower there too

  7. Anna says:

    Oh they are definitely taking off now Cathy 🙂 I’ve treated myself to a rather small alpina ‘Frankie’ today from Wilkos to replace the blue alpina we planted over 20 years ago. It’s been rather neglected so flower production has diminished over the years until a most woebegone show this spring.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh yes, I know Frankie. I wonder if your woebegone onewould perk up after a heavy pruning…? I have Frances Rivis on the pergola by the paved area which looks much happier this year after a good haircut last year or maybe the year before.

  8. Amy says:

    An exciting showing with all those new plants 🙂

  9. …..so well behaved! They certainly look happy. Having a dedicated feature like that, you can really show off all the different varieties to best effect.

  10. rickii says:

    Beautiful, and it will get better and better.

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