Purple Clematis Bloom
For my latest flower of the month I chose the Clematis. I purchased my first plant last summer. Not being much of a green thumb, I just prayed I could keep it alive. Not only did it survive the summer, I was happy to see it come back this spring. This summer it seems to be doing extremely well (see pictures). Clematis flowers grow on a vine and blooms range in size from 1" - 7". They grow best in cool, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. I have noticed that my humming birds really like them as well. Available in purple, blue, pink, white and bi-color, clematis are becoming more popular in floral design. Clematises add that wild flower/garden feel while still providing a unique, elegant flower. Most clematises have Chinese or Japanese origins.
My Clematis Vine
Common Name: Clematis
Botanical Name: Clematis (KLEma-tis)
The Western white clematis was called pepper vine by early travelers and pioneers of the American Old West. Taking a tip from Spanish colonials, seed and the acrid leaves were used as a pepper substitute. Unlike black pepper or Capsicum, however, the compounds in clematis cause internal bleeding of the digestive tract if ingested in large amounts. Despite its toxicity, Native Americans used very small amounts of clematis as an effective treatment for migraine headaches and nervous disorders. It was also used as an effective treatment of skin infections.
Interesting Fact: Some clematis plants will change the color of their blooms though out the season.
Photo courtsey of Clicka Foto 920-915-3651
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My first attempt at a container garden!
Back in March I blogged about my plans for the yard this year. There has been lots of hard work and never enough time. Here is my gardening update for the year.
So the other day, my husband, who by the way is a devoted fisherman, says to me,
"Would you ever use a spinner in a boutonniere?"
After I finished laughing at him and actually thought about what he said, I started to like the idea. For those of you who are unfamiliar with fishing, a spinner is a type of fishing lure, like the one shown on the left. I can honestly say that fishing lures are one item I have never been asked to use, but my husbands question makes me wonder if anyone would actually want a fishing lure(s) accenting their flowers. Of course I understand this idea is not for everyone, and even some grooms-to-be may have a difficult time convincing the bride-to-be or vise versa. But I could see this idea as a unique way to add your personal touch to your wedding flowers. It's really not that far of a stretch from all the other items used to add "bling" to flowers. Fishing lures come in so many colors you would most likely find one to coordinate. And if added to the boutonnieres the men would have a keepsake they may actually use! OK, so maybe my husband on to something?
So I am asking for your help, please take a second and vote in my poll. Let me know if you like the idea of fishing lures and flowers.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.