Sunday, September 28, 2014

Clematis and Coneflowers

In recent weeks we've had an interesting assortment of coneflowers in several colours, and some beautiful late-blooming clematis, as well as the earlier ones in seed.


This is the most recently blooming clematis, which has suddenly burst into more bloom than ever before (it's been there 10 years), sprawled over the top of a metal trellis.  It's just bloomed over the last few days, well after our first frost.

Another one I noticed 2-3 weeks ago was trailing over the stone fencerow behind some taller flowers, where I hadn't spotted it at all until it come out in these bright white blossoms.

This is the seed head I like best, worth a series of pictures all on its own - maybe I'll try that.  It is very light and feathery, reminding me of Prairie Smoke.

And this is the flower, a couple of months ago, a pale yellow.  It's pretty, but it's our most invasive clematis, spreading like mad where it can get it's stem near the dirt.  This one is kept up on a trellis so it can't, but another identical plant I've had to partly eradicate because it was taking over a corner of the garden.

This is our newest clematis, the thick beautiful deep purple blooms I posted pictures of earlier in the summer, leading to these interesting seed heads.  This is it's very first year blooming.

The coneflowers are just about gone now, and certainly looking sad, but we've had lots over the past few weeks, especially the classic purple ones which seem to spread almost too readily.

But we've also got some nice red ones, and one patch of yellow flowers although this specimen was looking almost finished before I got to it with the camera.

And finally one patch of white coneflowers.

There will only be a few more flowers in the garden to show you this year, and the veggie garden is all harvested, weeded, manured, and ready for planting - the garlic in the next few days, the rest next spring.


13 comments:

  1. The flowers are really reaching the end of the cycle for this year.They're still pretty though.

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  2. The wild clematis is also called Old Man's Beard because of the "hairy" seed heads.

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  3. Awesome photos with description and explanations.

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  4. Very unusual pictures of a clematis, usually such a more full flower. Thanks for sharing these.

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  5. Hi Furry.....
    You have just reminded me again, that I must purchase a Clematis!
    Next year!
    Great photos!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  6. I love clematis and their seed heads are very pretty too. The coneflowers are gorgeous.

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  7. I don't know the names but beauty I can see...
    Happy Monday!

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  8. Beautiful flowers and you captured them beautifully.

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  9. I never realized there were so many types of clematis till this year and yes the seedheads are gorgeous.

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  10. I love all your pretty flowers/blooms!

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  11. Wow, I had no idea there are late blooming clematises. They are so pretty and you have a nice variety of them. The coneflowers are so bright. Ours are really faded and full of bug holes. Not pretty. But, I'll cut the seed heads to use for inside decor until Christmas decor time. I must reap the rest of our garden. It's been neglected and there are still carrots, onions and beets to be pulled!!

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