The Natural Garden Coach

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Waiting

That's what I've been doing. Waiting. Waiting for what you might ask? Well, everything! When it comes to gardening, I'm waiting for the crazy spring weather to settle down.



I'm waiting for the plants to start really growing.



I'm anxious for my Meyer lemons to ripen.



I think I'm actually waiting for my summer garden! The raised boxes look half naked.



But there are a few blooms starting to flourish. The first buds of the clematis are starting to open. Below is "Fireworks". She's a rather short clematis, only growing 6-10 feet (maybe that's the norm; I'm kinda new to clematis).



And this one is either "Ramona" or "Carnaby". It had a tag that said "Ramona" but when I took it out of the pot spring before last, I found another tag buried in the dirt that said "Carnaby". So I'm not sure which it is but if you can hazard a guess, please let me know. Whatever it is, it's got lots of buds this year.



I leave you with a few random shots. One is my succulent shelf. I still have more repotting of succulents to do but rain keeps interfering with my plans. The little clay birdies are new for this year. They make me smile. And the wisteria, growing wild in the former alleyway and a real thug for invasiveness, is having its last hurrah.





15 comments:

  1. That last one is a beauty shot. Your 'Ramona' clematis looks just like mine. I believe it is 'Ramona.' The waiting is almost over, and then it will be hot, just like here. :) ~~Dee

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  2. I am so jealous of your longer growing season Jean! Lovely photos and flowers... and your raised beds look lovely too at least half full??

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  3. Thanks for letting me know about 'Ramona' Dee! Yes, I'll be complaining before too long about the heat.

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  4. So far I haven't seen a clematis blooming but it should be any day now. Your garden looks very neat and organized!

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  5. Hey, lots of fantastic things happening in your garden. The clematis are awesome. Your veggie bed area looks so inviting, too. Spring is definitely making a showing in your space.

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  6. Hi Jean, that is funny because I was going to say it was Carnaby, I thought Ramona was blue! HA Now I will have to go look it up. Well on Dave's garden site, most of the photos are blue. There is a whole lot of mislabeling of clemmies though. Check it out and see what you think. Also, your raised beds look pretty full to me already!
    Frances

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  7. Ha indeed! That's why I'm so unsure about which clematis it is. I just looked at a whole lot of pictures of both that I found on google and most, but not all, Ramonas looked blue. Some of the Carnaby's looked similar to mine but some were a lot darker red. If I recall, mine will get a little darker. So maybe I should go with Carnaby??

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  8. Hey, I have one of those little birdies too! But I really like the way you display them with the potted succulents. Tres cool.

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  9. Wonderful! Your raised beds look a lot tidier than mine, some of which are still chock full of weeds! I know what you mean about the weather - yesterday it was 14 deg C, same time last week it was 4 deg C, today it's 9 deg, so yo-yoying all over the place! I love wisteria, would really like to have one but it's not an option - I can look at yours though and remember the scent, so thanks!

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  10. I keep thinking I'll buy a clematis. Almost did yesterday. I tried planting some seeds another blogger sent me. But they didn't sprout. I just love the flowers though.
    Brenda

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  11. Very cool clematis. We have a local species blooming in the local canyons, but it's a subtle little flower compared to yours.

    I can tell spring is inching its way towards you--you'll have an even more amazing collection of things blooming before long! I'm looking forward to following your garden's progress.

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  12. It is so hard to be patient at this time of year. I, too, want everything up and blooming. You do have some very nice flowers to enjoy now though. Your clematis is beautiful.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  13. Like Frances, I thought Ramona was more of a blue-purple flowered clematis. I like that one, whichever it is!

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  14. Half naked raised beds! ...They look full and beautiful. But hear you I am ready for a season to settle in...let it be spring, not this wintery up and down roller coaster ride we've had! "Romona Carnaby" is beautiful! gail

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  15. I feel your pain - spring is late in Chicago - we had snow last weekend, and it still hasn't all melted. Your beds look great to me, and those clematis are beautiful!

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