When I first bought my house, my brother-in-law gave me a clematis plant for my new yard. I let it sit too long and thought it died but out of guilt I hastily put it in the ground anyway and watered it. I even remember a neighboor coming by once while I was watering, looking down at the plant and saying, "It looks like a lost cause"...but it wasn't dead and it sprang to life with a vengeance...and then some. It's little yellow bells are blooming and even the truffula tufts are starting to come out. It does such a fantastic job covering the fence that I'm tempted to plant more of them all along the walkway...except it's a monster. Last year it took over the walkway completely and when I was cutting it back a little boy told me he fell off his bike because of it. I felt terrible. It just keeps getting bigger, then on Saturday I was out riding my bike (um...Jake's bike) and I almost fell off trying to get past it...so it was time to trim the monster again. I'm sure it won't be the last time this year. Here's the before and after pictures.
5 years ago