|Clematis 'Madam Julia Correvon' on one of the trellises around the Circle Lawn, with Clematis 'Fairy Dust' and Clematis 'Perle d' Azur' in the background.|
|View along our Circle Lawn, Shade Path and fence gardens. Yellow perennial foxglove, Digitalis grandiflora, is still blooming, and now being echoed by the bright yellow flowers in front of variegated loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.|
|I do not think these three have bloomed as simultaneously other years. Often Clematis 'Madam Julia Correvon' begins a bit later in the season. The middle trellis is planted with Clematis 'Nelly Moser', which blooms in late spring.|
|Clematis 'Perle d' Azur' climbing the trunk of our old maple tree. I did a post on this clematis last year, and am working on a new how-to post coming soon. :)|
For those of you who knew about my test taking last week for the Royal Horticultural Society, let me tell you that the test was not easy, but it went very well. I checked their student website, and it appears that I will not see my test results until September! So I will need some patience, but it will be worth it.
My self-studying was a positive experience, and taking the test gave me a good reason to make sure I really knew everything I was reading. For instance, did you know that a tree transpires 98% of the water that it takes in, which can mean that a 48 foot tree (16 m) can lose as much as 58 gallons (220 l) an hour through its leaves! Or that an average-sized tomato plant transpires about 30 gallons (115 l) during its growing season. (Tidbits from Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, which is on my garden book list. )
Have a great gardening week!