flower gardening

Thank You, Clematis

Clematis grows wilds in the creek beds and river banks around here, as long as the native alders, brown birches, and cottonwoods are not disturbed. After all, a vine like this needs to climb something, right?

Right! And this time of year, the cotton puffs catch all the sun. You can find these vines at great distance, just with a glance. In the summer, they are hard to find. This is their time.




Sometimes the flower is just the beginning.

And a bonus. When we were twelve years old, we got it in our minds to cut chunks of this stuff, light it, and smoke like our parents. It was so foul that not one of the thirty of us ever smoked again.

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  1. Where I live, we have no wild Clematis. but I remember it’s beauty from the Danube-Auen near Vienna, Austria, where I lived for a while, and from where I took one into my garden there, to cover some high farm-building – and it did, quick, well and lovely, with this pretty look in winter.
    For your bonus, I remember my time as a scout, when all the young boys that age tried to smoke nearly everything green, growing around the tent-camp.
    So I would say “thank you, Clematis” as well and “thank you, Harold” for the reminder and instant laugh by your note in addition.
    Greetings from the north of Germany.


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