Some fellow garden bloggers choose to post a the view from one point in their garden every week on a Tuesday, not a meme I usually participate in and I would certainly not be posting a picture from this spot every week if I did! However, I am more than happy to be showing this picture of the gable wall of our extension because I have just completed repainting it, not that anyone other than the Golfer and myself would know as it is exactly the same shade of pink as before – well, perhaps it does look a bit fresher and there are a few evidential splashes of paint on the ground and a few less wisteria flower buds. Clambering up and down the scaffolding made for good exercise but the job was certainly much easier once my feet were back on the ground and I was not having to paint between/around/behind wisteria stems – and at least this priority wall has now been completed leaving the others to be done at our leisure, whatever that is.
A much more interesting and attractive Tuesday view might be of the clematis colonnade which is really beginning to make an impact, especially at this time of year. With 2 or 3 clematis on each post in theory there could be clematis in bloom for most months of the year, and it is the C alpina which are the early stars. There are buds on all eight of them, but those on the south facing side are more forward than the others. The highlight is ‘Constance’ on the second pillar from the right, but she is the old woman of the group at 7 or 8 whereas the others were planted a mere three years ago. On the far left ‘Pamela Jackman is a mass of buds, not yet open, whilst the paler Rosy Pagoda on the right requires a closer look to appreciate her attributes. Joining them for good measure is Clematis cirrhosa ‘Jingle Bells’ which, like ‘Freckles’, flowers when it chooses which is pretty much any time. All-in-all a most pleasurable stop on my daily rambles.
Lower picture, clockwise from top left: Jingle Bells, Constance, Rosy Pagoda, Pamela Jackman