Queen Of The Climbers

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Another of my Favorite Flowers: Okay I know you must be thinking ” she has another favorite flower, I thought the other one was?” Sure it was, they all are. That’s why I have them in my gardens. I just love all the flowers in my gardens, and some that have not even reached my gardens yet but hopefully will one day.

But here it is The Clematis, also known as The Queen Of the Climbers: beautiful right. 

Lots of gardeners love this fairly hardy plant, with over 300 species of the buttercup family , it can grow in vines, climbing  and then climbing some more and then there are some of the species that will grow in a shrub form.  If they are climbers remember to have a trellis, fence, a building or whatever to help them climb without falling over and breaking

 So many wonderful colors to choose from.  Whites, Pinks, Reds, Purples, Blues, Tri-colors, Etc. This versatile flower also comes in different shapes as well, there are Tubular, Flat Discs that are opened, and Bell Shaped. They also come in different sizes, some are very tiny flowers, about an inch, while other plants have larger flowers which can go up to about 5 inches. They can grow in height from  3 feet to about 20 feet, some are even taller. No matter which color, shape or size you choose, they are all awesome.

Clematis that love the sun, but be sure to cover the root area to keep them cool, as although the plant loves the sun it does not do well if the roots get hot. You can plant  small perennials to shade the roots, I use decorative white rock, keep this plant in well drained soil that is moist.

If you look inside a Clematis you will see long feathery seed heads, these are referred to by some people as ” Old Man’s Beard.”

People have been known to make beautiful wreaths out of the Clematis flower with their vines being so durable and flexible they bend easily.

A long time ago people thought that the leaves of the Clematis could cure the disease Leprosy. 

The hollow stems were smoked by some cultures.

There are some Clematis that have been known to grow in the same spot for about 25 years.

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