Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sweet Autumn Clematis

The only one I can grow!  And boy, does it grow...

Photo: Tom Barrow

This one was planted late last year, probably in September.  It survived the winter just fine, and has now grown to smother a 4-foot section of a 6-foot fence.  If the fence were wider, I think the clematis would be too.
Photo: Tom Barrow

Sweet Autumn Clematis isn't one of the beautiful, large-flowered types, but it makes up in volume what it lacks in flower size.  It is covered with fragrant white flowers in August and September.  A mostly evergreen vine, Sweet Autumn Clematis readily reseeds and can by propagated from seed or cuttings.  For a strong flush of growth in the summer, cut back to about a foot tall in the early spring. Sweet Autumn Clematis goes by a number of botanical names: Clematis terniflora, C. paniculata and C. maximowicziana.  One plant is enough, really!

Everyone seems to love Sweet Autumn Clematis:

Photo: Tom Barrow
Photo: Tom Barrow
Photo: Tom Barrow

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