Saturday, 21 January 2012

Clematis - a different perspective

Lots of you will be familiar with the Clematis. I expect you normally pay it most attention when it is flowering. And very handsome it is too...



But what about AFTER it has flowered? The dead heads of the flowers are very picturesque too, as I discovered recently. Here is a sequence of photos I took of my next-door neighbour's Clematis plant, which overhangs the road just next to my house.















And finally, just for a bit of fun....


22 comments:

  1. Still playing with your Macro? You seem to be enjoying it very much.

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  2. Fabulous pictures Mark, but you have now reminded me of another job that I need to do - prune clematis!!
    On a different note, how much have you had to drink tonight and more to the point, how much has that clematis had to drink!!

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    1. Just the one Mrs Wembley! (Remember the TV series "On the Up"?).
      But drinking beer through a straw boosts the effect of the alcohol!

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  3. I'm always taking photos of our clematis seed heads and I can see I've infected you with the playing about bug!

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  4. The flowers, or what is left are really beautiful.

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  5. I think I would be snagging a few of those seeds to plant.

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  6. One of my favourite flowers I think it is because they always do well for me. Love the top photo - will have to look more closely as the seed heads now.

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  7. I love the photo's Mark...I've never seen deadhead's so picturesque.

    I think its very kind of the Clematis to come calling (over the fence)...especially when they're in such a party mood!
    So funny ~ Cheers
    Enjoy whatever it is you're drinking...hic! ;D

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  8. I do love our clematis. We have two varieties, not sure of their names. A small pink one wchich froths over our back hedge and looks stunning in flower and now, bare and twisty and also a larger dark purple type that is hidden in amongst the honey suckle so you only see it when the flowers open. Stunning!

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    1. Dom, the "small pink frothy" one is almost certainly Clematis Montana, which fits that description and flowers early in the season.

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  9. I like the 6th one down - the skinny one, very nice shot. I used to grow lots of clematis in London, I do love the flowers.

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  10. I have two clematis in my garden and when they finish flowering I take the ‘fairy skirts’ to the children in my class at the preschool where I teach and tell them the fairies left them in my garden… The kids are sooooo impressed that I have fairies in my garden!!! X ps LOVED the last pic!

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  11. I just love these photos Mark-absolutely stunning!!

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  12. The seedheads are so pretty, like cotton wool has got caught up in the plants.

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  13. BEAUTIFUL shots Mark...what type of camera do you have again?

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    1. Tanya, the camera is an Olympus E450 DSLR. Strongly recommended for amateurs like me.

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  14. I have the same favorite photo as Liz - and share your enjoyment of clematis seedheads, as good a reason to grow the plants as the flowers themselves I reckon!

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  15. I love the clematis as well, I have 5 in the garden. Thnaks for taking a closer look!

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  16. Hah! I love this post! I agree, the Clematis seed heads are as fascinating or more so than the lovely flowers. Beautiful captures!

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  17. That's a lovely series of photos, Mark. Maybe I should have got an Olympus E450 DSLR rather than the Nikon D3100 which I was given some months ago and find hard to use (apart from automatic!)

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