Hello and welcome ....

....to some pictures and a little text in which we follow the activities of a barely competent gardener as he struggles to wrench back control of his patch from the forces of Mother Nature's feral twin sister.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Clematis montana



This clematis montana was the first plant I bought when we moved in ten years ago. It grows up the gates at the back of the house and over the years it has taken them over, twining thick branches through the wrought ironwork. I have to cut it back ruthlessly to stop it from actually bonding the two halves of the gate permanently shut. In winter the complex structures in the tangle are revealed, like this tiny knot of tendrils.

12 comments:

  1. do you remember what the name is of this one?

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  2. It is very lovely and so is your website--I can see your blog perfectly in Safari. Warmest wishes--Anna

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  3. Beautiful photography! I like your appreciation of the plants past their glory days...

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  4. It's not just the way a clematis looks that warms one, it's the way it works - the corkscrews and curls and textures. I have a Clematis armandii.

    Esther

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  5. Beautiful photograph, you are a real inspiration, I love the way you find the beauty in the detail of dormant plants.

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  6. It is so intriguing to look at them close up at this time of year. I am mourning the loss of my montana which had to be unearthed in the way of progress. Must buy a replacement but will miss the flowers and scent this spring. You take some great photos ~ can I ask what camera you use?

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  7. Beautiful photo. I think the beauty of winter is most evident in macro shots like this. I took a picture a couple of days ago of the fluffy remains of a bloom on my clematis.

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  8. The detail on that leaf is amazing! Moody, dark colors seem very appropriate for winter.

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  9. Thanks for getting back to me with the camera information. I'm a Canon user too but not producing such sharp images. Must be down to the skill of the photographer too. Look forward to seeing more photos of your garden as the year unfolds.

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  10. Beautiful photo, I love the details of the garden you can appreciate during winter!

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