A Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet

Not mine, but a great reference. Thanks to anglianhome.co.uk for the awesome infographic.
UK housing energy fact file infographic

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Clematis Jackmanii

Clematis Jackmanii is one of the most popular and widely grown clematis culitvars in Canada. Hardy to zone 4a, I’ve found it to be not only successful but prolific in my zone 3 garden.

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It prefers cool roots but flourishes in direct sun, blooming from mid summer into the fall. Mine is at its prime this week, already more than 8 feet tall and covered in luscious 5-6″ purple blossoms.

I trim my Jackmanii to 24″ above the soil in the late fall once it has finished flowering, but if I forget or don’t get it done before snow falls I can do the same in the spring before the new sprouts emerge.

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Clematis Jackmanii was originally developed by horticulturist George Jackman of Surrey England in 1862. It can be purchased at virtually any garden center in North America.

Art in the Garden

I participated in a garage sale a few weeks ago and sold off a bunch of artwork I no longer wanted to display. One of the paintings was an acrylic folk art piece by an American teen artist. It didn’t sell, but one shopper told me that she often shellacked similar paintings and hung them in her garden.

Hmm. Since It was destined for the thrift shop I decided, “what the heck” and hung in on my fence among some planters and climbing vines. I like how it ties in the colors and I think it’ll look even lovelier once the morning glories start blooming.

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