Nature Friday ~ July 12, 2019

Our favorite day is here so that means, we’re joining our good friends and hosts, Rosy and her brothers from LLB in Our Backyard. Other than the arrival of the weekend, we love Fridays because wine arrives too. After a stressful week, a lovely glass of wine at the end of the day sure hits the spot, don’t you think?

We know wine comes from grapes which are vines so we thought we’d highlight another vine plant nature has been showing off this month in spite of pizza-oven heat. Our favorite vine in the garden (other than the grape) is Clematis.


With nearly 300 species within the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, one of the most popular of the hybrids in the Clematis family is C. Jackmanii. It has been a garden standby since 1862. This cultivar was named after 19th century British nurseyman, George Jackman. As a hybrid, “Jackman” comes from the marriage of C. Lanuginosaย andย C. Viticella. Clematis can be woody and deciduous; there are also herbaceous and evergreen varieties as well.

Jackman blooms in our Zone 5 garden in July and like many Clematis needs support. It likes well drained soil and shallow rooted plants around the base provide the necessary shade to cool the roots. It does not like ‘wet feet’ and seems to do well in a xeriscape garden. Jackman has large (5 inches across) blooms, which come in a dark purple-violet color.

Here’s one last look at Jackman with best wishes for a terrific weekend. We hope you are able to enjoy a bit of the magic that Mother Nature provides.


Nature FridayLive, love, bark! ๐Ÿพ

77 thoughts on “Nature Friday ~ July 12, 2019

  1. We love our clematis! It is prolific in the late spring/early summer, but it continues to throw out a bloom here and there all summer long. It was new to me not that long ago when I planted one at our old house, but I was thrilled to find a much healthier bush here at our new house!

    1. They are sooo pretty. The heat is taking the steam out of blooming right now but if it cools a bit we might get another bloom or two.

  2. So beautifuls! It reminds me of Ma’s passionflower vines! They are the kerazist flowers! I’m gonna tell Ma we needs this one too. Oh, and a margarita sounds FABulous after a long hour of barkin’ at tree rats! Oh, you said WEEK ~ oh, that too…heheheee Ma said a glass sounds good, butts she tends to skip the alcohol cause it can trigger her my-grains. Some day she’ll risk it! BOL
    Ruby โ™ฅ

    1. Your mum has passion flower? OOOOH…so jealous! Sorry you mum can’t enjoy a glass of wine
      because of migraines, totally understand. They are no fun. at. all. Hug and ear rubs.

    1. Hope you’ll share images of them. Love seeing all the different colors from this prolific plant.

  3. We love your Jackman Clematis, I don’t know if we have one too, but we sure have one who looks like him ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜ธPawkisses for a Happy Caturday to all of you๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

  4. We loved seeing your Clematis, ours blooms in April or May and we are so thankful it survived and comes back year after year. Mom bought it on clearance and it was half dead but with some tender loving care it managed to live and thrive with her neglecting it after the first year. (sigh) at least she remembers where it is at so she doesn’t pull it up when she is weeding.

    1. Sadly there is a whole graveyard of clematis over the years but I think I’ve finally figured out a few tricks to keep it loving lovely. Kudos to your mum for ‘rescuing’ a clearance planting!

    1. Heh, heh…I only wish I knew more about them. Some of the facts I post are the result from referring to the massive collection of plant books-it all doesn’t come from the top of my head.

  5. Wow! Those are amazing photos of stunning flowers! Such beauty! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Yes, Mom also loves to relax with a glass of wine or sherry. We also want to wish you all a wonderful weekend. Lots of wet kisses and hugs to you all. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. We’re all for relaxation with a lovely glass from the vine. Happy weekend, Rambo!

  6. Glorious colour! My sister used to have a couple of them… Hmmm… something I shall consider planting next year. This year is all about a whole lotta just settling in.
    And we were discussing Vindredi (Winerday for Friday as, in French, vendredi is Friday and changing the e to i is just what we do…) Anyway, My boss said that yesterday was my vindredi and I said every day was to which we all nodded our heads…

    1. I love adding the vertical element Clematis provides and the shade on the pergola. Yes, you definitely need to settle and sort things out this season. A toast to you for the weekend ๐Ÿท

  7. That first photo is just beautiful – clematis is so pretty. It looks really nice when it adorns a mailbox at the end of the driveway.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. We have had a bit of rain these last few days. My word, how the weeds have enjoyed it!! Love your flowers as always – and always something different.

    1. Thanks. Around here rain is simply weed fertilizer since we get so little of it to matter to the garden plants. Happy weekend!

    1. Wine is a lot like dog food-theyโ€™re the most important things in the cupboard! โ˜บ๏ธ

    1. I can only imagine. The two clematis planted in my garden seem to struggle with a lack of moisture since I’m rather stingy with supplemental waterings. This year in particular it has looked quite raggedy and think that whining I hear when I’m out and about the garden must be its reaction to the harsh conditions.

    1. With enough moisture, we can experience some after the big bloom too. ๐ŸŒบ

  9. Beautiful and yes a nice glass of wine at the end of the week is a most wonderful thing.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. โ™ฅ

    1. There are such gorgeous shades but the dark purple is probably my favorite. Maybe because it reminds me of wine. LOL Salud ๐Ÿท

            1. Now we’re talking! Though I’d add more of these๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท

    1. It truly is beautiful. I had no idea it had been around that long till I read up on it. Jackman is quite handsome, both as a plant and as an actor. Just saying.

  10. The Jackman looks great….Love your trellis too!
    I’ve heard mixed reviews about sucessfully growing Clematis here in zone 9 but I really want to try it!

    1. Certainly not, but those who work probably have that kind of restriction. Thank goodness we’re not in that group! ๐Ÿท

  11. we had an amazing clematis bush in MD. I’d like to put one here somewhere… are you going to paint this? You’d do a great job with that image.

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