Another try at clematis, and a spring assessment of the state of the troops

The Pope John Paul II clematis having swiftly died last summer, I’m trying again, this time with First Lady, who was planted out on a mild April day of high dim clouds.  After I got her in the ground, I spent a fair amount of time weeding the back bed, which is sort of a catastrophe at this point.

Things that appear to have not made it to this spring (some of which, I suspect, succumbed during the summer when I got uber-depressed and stopped watering) :

  • Distant Drums rose
  • Salvia patens (no surprise)
  • Oriental poppy
  • most of the non-verticillata coreopsis (dammit)
  • foxgloves
  • the dianthus–which have, technically speaking, survived, but look awfully ratty
  • the big blue aster in the side bed

What has been wildly successful:

  • the fucking mint
  • coreopsis verticillata
  • the cistus

Other things that I like which have made it and that I may need to move around once I’ve figured out what the hell I’m doing with the configuration of the beds:

  • daylilies (Hyperion, 2 in number)
  • one of the anemones
  • those asters that bloom in the fall with the tiny white flowers
  • the hebe, which is a whole other deal
  • astonishingly enough, the peony which spends its life smothered by the cistus
  • the climbing roses
  • a couple of the things in the side bed–um, Jacob’s Ladder, a geum, a monarda, and a bunch of miscellaneous sedum (actually, those last I might dig up and take to Jean’s plant sale)
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Another try at clematis, and a spring assessment of the state of the troops

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