Friday, 28 March 2014

Happy Accident.



Most of what I find particularly attractive in my garden has happened purely by accident.

This is a classic example. Our flowering evergreen Clematis armandii has crept down in amongst the leaves of what I now think could be an Euonymus (thank you Molly), and looks stunning.

As you can see (below), all this happens around the pump house door, where I visit fairly regularly at the moment to check on the mouse situation. A couple of years back I found that, over winter, bloody mice had chewed all the electrical wires in the control box, and (when it was opened-up in June) the pool's circulatory system refused to operate.

This year I'm keeping the little blighters in check, with mousetrap and cheese, whilst enjoying these fabulous flowers. Evergreen, creeper, and fabulous flowers; can't be bad, can it!



27 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful! I am hoping my Granadilla will grow to cover the back of the shop.

    Would you like me to send you a couple of African House Snakes? They cured my mouse problem!

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    1. Would you mind if I declined your kind offer? If I had the House Snakes, I'd also need a Mongoose, and I haven't the room!

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  2. That looks stunning, very pretty. I hope our mice haven't been playing while we've been away, will find out Sunday!

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  3. Pretty soon that little house will be a nicely shaped bush.

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    1. Some people like bare walls; I like mine totally covered in greenery.

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  4. I have a clematis armandii too - and I'm wondering if you would be able to give advice. After about nine years with masses of flowers, this year's offering is frugal. I'm not sure if this is because of the exceptionally wet and windy winter we've just had or because it is coming to the end of its natural life. Do you know how long one should expect it to last in the usual way of things?

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    1. We have one growing on one of our Brighton houses, which became HUGE. We cut it right back to the ground and it grew again with renewed vigour! Maybe you should try the same. Otherwise I know very little about garden flowers.

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  5. Just gorgeous! Do the flowers smell nice?

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    1. They smell VERY nice. Very Spring-like.

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  6. Everything about your home is picturesque! ( well, maybe not the orange wall but everything else....)

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  7. How especially lovely that is! It's astonishing how the best things are those least planned!

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  8. Doesn't matter how it happened.....it's gorgeous!

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  9. It's beautiful. I like climbing plants that meander through trees and shrubs, really lovely.

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  10. It's a pretty mistake. I like their white star-like flowers. Sorry about the mice, though.

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  11. I think it was Vita Sackville West who in one of her marvellous books on gardening said that the best flowers were always the ones who chose where they wanted to be. I think her example was violets growing in the cracks in pavements. But your climber certainly looks happy where it is and wonderful too.

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  12. You'd never get it to grow like that if you tried. That's why it looks so good.

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  13. So pretty...and smells nice too. But mice! I hate the dirty little sods.

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    1. Especially when they eat essential electric wires!!!!

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  14. Thanks for the advice re. Clematis armandii. Over the years I've trimmed mine so it branches along the top of the wall rather than in front of it so I doubt I can cut it to the ground - but I might try cutting it back to what is, in effect, the top of its trunk. In some ways I'm glad it is not as vigorous as it was because it could, some years, be almost overwhelming. Lovely while the flowers while in bloom it but an enormous challenge once the new growth startsed growing - and waving around . . . and grabbing the apple tree . . . and the washing line . . .

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