Flower of the Day (FOTD): Clematis Montana

Flower of the Day is the mighty clematis montana rubens. Self has had this plant 20 years. Never has it flowered the way it is flowering now. Guess all it needed was company.

Thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting this wonderful photo challenge.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 15 BRIGHT SQUARES

And here we are, halfway through April! How time flies.

I’ve been wanting to post this picture for Becky’s April Squares challenge theme of ‘Bright,’ for a long while. They’re from a March visit to Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto. I don’t know what they are — daffodils? I’ve never seen anything like them before.

See more Bright Square galleries here.

April 12 BRIGHT SQUARES

The life of B‘s Bright Squares Challenge runs through the month of April. Fun!

Today, self is back to photographing flowers. She had so many things she could have posted today, but she decided to leave some pictures for a future post.

Pictured:

  • clematis montana rubens (one very long strand trailing down, almost completely covered by delicate pink flowers)
  • clematis montana “white surprise” (self’s newest clematis)
  • cistus (rock rose)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Trios (Even Though It’s Friday)

The host of this challenge is Mama Cormier.

Self had great fun browsing through her archives to come up with these trios. All were taken in her garden except for the arches (obv). Self took that picture somewhere near Prague Castle, May 2019.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Friday: Melanie Almeder

Self likes to quote this poem every now and then. She used to think Almeder was Irish (because she first encountered this poem at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig), but she isn’t. She’s American.

MOCK ORANGE, An Excerpt

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird.
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple-thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia
in the huddled yards. The heat in a flick of wind
picked itself up and dragged off,
old dog, into the damp cane fields, bee drone,
sighing, sighing of highway, hawks’ cries.

April 8 BRIGHT SQUARES

Today’s Bright Squares are two pictures self took from her porch a few minutes ago: both of her clematis montana (“white surprise” and “rubens”) are profusely blooming!

Join the Bright Squares challenge hosted by The Life of B here.

Spring is truly the season for clematis montana!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: clematis montana rubens

Flowering spectacularly over the trellis now. This flower and the wisteria are mighty climbers. Most of the clematis’s blooms are on the top of the trellis, but there was one strand — this one — hanging down.

Love Cee Neuner’s FOTD.

April 5, BRIGHT SQUARES

Every day in April, self will post a pair of squares. She usually looks for something “squar-ish” within the photograph, as well as bright colors.

The host of The Squares Challenge is The Life of B. See her gallery here.

Today, self chose these two photos:

  • a living wall at the Apple Store in Union Square, downtown San Francisco
  • a tulip bed in the Gamble Garden, Palo Alto. If you live anywhere within driving distance of Gamble Garden, this is a great time to visit: the tulips and daffodils are simply spectacular! If you happen to miss them at peak bloom, a lot of the roses looked ready to burst!

Spring has definitely sprung!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day, Apr. 4: WISTERIA

Thank you to Cee Neuner for creating the Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge!

The wisteria have started blooming! Wowee! It didn’t look like this yesterday!

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 2 April: clematis montana “white surprise”

Check out Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) photo challenge.

Below is self’s newest clematis, clematis montana “white surprise,” which she found in local nursery Wegman’s a few weeks ago. The one she ordered last year, from a mail-order catalogue on the east coast, died. And it’s not that common in local nurseries. This one was a find!

Just started blooming!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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