May 31, 2008

Survivors and Ex-Survivors

It's time, boys and girls, for this year's installment of "let's look at Ted's purple clematis" (which sounds dirty but really isn't).  Anyway, here 'tis from just a couple of weeks ago:
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Note the haziness of portions of the picture.  I used a softening filter for romantic effect.  (Translation: I discovered a finger-smear on the camera lens, which has since been cleaned.)

Last year, I wrote this:

It's scraggly and chewed on and spotted with fungus, but damned if it doesn't keep stretching upwards and weaving its scrawny self through the trellis bars. After all of that, it even managed to pop out a single pretty bloom. I hope it makes it through the winter, because this is a tough little plant and I admire its deterimination to survive.

This year, here's what that wee beastie did:
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And right after it pushed out those beautiful flowers, it died.  As a doornail.  It's not obvious, but it's replacement is already growing next to it, in the photo it looks like part of the same plant.

That plant had personality.

Posted by: Ted at 10:06 PM | category: Square Pegs
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1 Hey, howzabout a picture of your bucket o' daffodils? Or was it petunias? Whatever...that bucket of flowers you forgot about.

Posted by: Victor at June 01, 2008 11:06 PM (yfGzI)

2 I have that purple clematis and mine is blooming too, though not as profusely as yours. Very pretty.

Posted by: dogette at July 06, 2008 08:45 PM (q/UVc)

3 That clematis is six or seven years old.  I've tried various pruning methods over the years, but it blooms best if I just leave the dead wood alone.

Posted by: Ted at July 08, 2008 10:25 PM (z/WyR)

4

Wow that is one Pretty Flower,

Is that what you learned in the Air Force Sunshine?

Perhaps I should have done that, then maybe you would consider me an adult?

 

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