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Sunday In The Garden



A reader emailed me and asked if I'd go out and cut the vines away from the sun's face. And so I did. 


You can't imagine how much cutting I had to do to even get to the ceramic colorful face. But now you can see it. A bit anyway. 


You can kind of tell from this angle how much I had to cut to get to the sun. 

These vines are growing up the Rose of Sharons, going across the lawn. Soon they'll have grasped onto a tree branch and be up in the trees I imagine.


Oddly enough, I actually have this one galvanized container of plants that are just getting started. I think these are daisies. I don't know why they're so slow to be coming up.



Can someone tell me what this vine is? Is it jasmine? It's covering the fence that borders on my elderly neighbor on the other side. It's all over my side too. 

I noticed getting out of the car the other day the strongest and most fragrant scent. I followed it to this vine. Maybe I should take some and put it over here closer to the house. 

Does anyone know the best way to transplant this vine? Don't think I could get to the roots, as I think they're mostly on his side. And he has no interest in gardening. It's hard for him to get around.



This may be my last blooming zinnia. They look terrible. I don't know whether to cut the tall brown stalks down or should I leave them to reseed?

 
The roses seem to be trying to bloom now. They stopped for a few months.






By far the most abundant plants in my garden are this fence row of vines I planted last year. Seems the passion vine and morning glories are warring for space. All twined together.

Oh, but I must add the yellow cannas that have doubled and tripled over this past year.


Everywhere I planted a few, they have multiplied so rapidly that they're everywhere. I do like the fact that they act as privacy and get about 5-6 feet tall.



The Rose of Sharons are even starting to look a bit droopy. We need rain to fix that I think. Or perhaps it's just the end of their summer run.


What are your plans for this holiday weekend? Getting together with family and friends. Having a final cook outs? Or just relaxing in the air conditioning, like me, and looking forward to reading blogs?

I'm linking up to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

Cozy Little House
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  1. Your mystery vine is Sweet Autumn Clematis. One of my favs.

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    1. Oh, and I thought I couldn't afford Clematis! Now I might get some free. Thanks!
      Brenda

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  2. I was going to say Sweet Autumn Clematis...it's one of my faves too. I tried for years to get it to grow in the woods, but it seems that it wanted to be closer to the house. A very aggressive vine. If you want to hide something...this is the vine to plant.
    Have a nice Labor Day.
    Balisha

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  3. Well, I think I just might get myself some of it to bring closer. The fragrance is so wonderful. With passion vine, I can just jerk off a vine and plant it and it will take off. Wonder how you handle this one?
    Brenda

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  4. Lovely photos, Brenda. Yes, that plant is a clematis -- Clematis Virginiana is the Latin name. I've heard it called Sweet Autumn Clematis or just Autumn Clematis. Here in Kentucky, an old-fashioned name for it is Virgin's Bower. How romantic! As far as transplanting it, I've only had success with it one time. I don't think it likes to be moved. But, it will pop up from seeds, often somewhere like right in the middle of the lawn. I tried to transplant one here in our current home several years ago, with no luck. Then last year, one popped up right next to a spirea bush. I left it there, and now it has grown up into the spirea and is covering it with some lovely white blooms right by our front door.

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    1. Well, I went out and found some small plants of it on my side and planted it in the garden by the driveway. We'll see if it makes it. I hope so.
      Brenda

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  5. Beautiful pictures and garden! I've had that clematis "volunteer" everywhere. It currently smothers a willow tree along my fence line. I'd bet it would love your garden so keep your hopes up and eyes open for it to show up!
    hugs,
    Leslie

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    1. I have wanted a clematis for the longest time. But they're expensive to buy!
      Brenda

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  6. I see the other ladies agreed the vine was clematis...we have it on an arbor at the lake. I never noticed the scent...next time I'm there I'll get a good whiff!

    Usually we are there for the holiday but we had a wedding to go to yesterday. I think I'll be doing the same as you!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. I worked on my blog all day trying to figure out why these strange things keep happening. This morning Feedburner spit out another bunch of old posts. I hope people don't get angry. Then I got an email that said photos from my cell phone were ready to share. I hate cell phones. I have one for emergencies. But I have no idea if it takes photos!
      Brenda

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  7. My neightbor has a vine that your readers are calling sweet autumn clematis! It does have a wonderful fragrance! Every now and then I can smell it while sitting on my back patio. Your flowers look good Brenda. My neighbors Zinnia's got a late start this year. Not sure about their seeds or when to cut back, never had zinnias in my garden. Now we can see your sun! It's a beautiful garden accent. Gardens can sure get out of control if we don't trim back occasionally. I had to get rid of my pink and purple morning glories. They were extremely invasive in my yard and started choking out all the other plants. They did have gorgeous flowers! Have a good weekend Brenda! Nothing plannned over here just gowing with the flow. I'm glad to have my hubby home so we can hang out together. Reading blogs is always fun too.

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    1. I pulled out some of the morning glories when I uncovered the sun. But I can't bring myself to take them all!
      Brenda

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  8. You have so many wonderful plants in your garden. Your pictures are great! We're probably going to stay in most of the weekend to avoid the intense heat wave we're having. I went out with a friend yesterday but the high heat and humidity were almost more than I could handle. We had fun though. But, I think I'll stick around here and enjoy my family, stitching time, and relaxing today and tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend! :-)

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    1. I'm not leaving. Haven't for days. It's just too darned hot.
      Brenda

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  9. I've been trying for two years to get rid of my autumn clematis :) It was just taking over and I've found little ones in the rest of the flower bed. I agree, it does smell wonderful, and the blooms are pretty, but I didn't want it to smother everything else. In spite of being sprayed with Round Up and the pulling off of new growth, it refuses to give up.

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    1. If it smells that good, I'll let it go wild probably! If it comes up.
      Brenda

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  10. So glad you trimmed away enough vine so that your cheerful sun can shine through. My whole summer has been spent doing yard work, but not the kind where you plant flowers and enjoy them, more like mowing, mowing and more mowing of grass...then weed eating......I am so glad I have been able to enjoy blogger friend's yards and their lovely blossoms. I had to remove 20+ dead ash trees from the property this summer. The last 9 came down yesterday. It was so darn hot and humid and we had a bon fire going to burn up the brush from the smaller limbs. Now comes the grinding up of the stumps. No telling when that will happen since my one brother has to get the grinder. Give me the cooler days of fall when you can go outside and not stand there and sweat yourself silly. I lost 4 pounds yesterday and drink plenty of fluids.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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    1. I wish I had a smaller yard actually. One where I didn't have grass so I wouldn't have to pay anyone to mow. I would just like my flowers and herbs.
      Brenda

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  11. I cant believe how much the vines have grown. My morning glories just started to bloom. We've had a strange summer for sure.

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    1. Oh, I would certainly take your cooler summer.
      Brenda

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  12. Brenda, I absolutely love your sun face. I'm glad you liberated it, so it can smile at you from your back yard. The colors are so cheery.
    I get two updates from Cozy Little House in my mailbox each day, but sometimes, as today, the update isn't actually available. The message says it is no longer available. I wonder if those updates are from you clone site. Hmmmmmm.
    Sandra

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    1. I'm so sorry. I'm trying to get this straightened out. But I don't know who to go to. I'm considering paying for subscription services, but they are kind of pricey. But I don't want this to continue. Please bear with me.
      Brenda

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  13. You must have good soil and conditions for things to grow! Look how pretty and full everything is! We're doing some more little home improvements this weekend....inside where it's cool! Sweet hugs!

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    1. I had fantastic soil in Texas. Maybe I do here too. That or I just got lucky with the plants. I did not buy one plant this year! A first for me!
      Brenda

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  14. Here in the UK we call your clematis "old man's beard" because it grows quickly and can be a bit straggly and invade other plants. I love the sweet smell but some say it is rather sickly. Either way, we have it growing everywhere at the Fairyglade. Dev x

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    1. What a lovely name: Fairy Glade. I can see why it might be called old man's beard.
      Brenda

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  15. I thought it to be Jasmine!

    Brenda, don't let the vines climb your tree - it strangles the tree and eventually can really cause harm.

    I would cut your zinnias and let them dry out (in garage or basement or someplace where it doesn't get wet) and then shake to get the seeds yourself - so you can plant wherever or give away as gifts.

    I did that once with seeds - made a pretty little envelope for them - as favors for a spring tea I had once. It is a thought. They mail nicely too.

    Hugs.

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    1. I'll pull the vines down. I thought that was jasmine too. Never occurred to me it was a form of clematis.
      Brenda

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  16. Lovely, Brenda...and I am a big fan of a sunny face peeking out of the garden! Our weather has really cooled today after a couple of weeks of heat and humidity...a day in the porch is sounding just right to me...

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    1. Hasn't cooled down here any. But I'm sure ready for it too. I've had that sun for years.
      Brenda

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  17. Boy oh Boy! You really had to do some chopping, didn't you? All of that stuff has really grown!

    Judy

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    1. I cut and I chopped and I cut and I chopped. I couldn't even remember what was growing underneath it till I got some cleared out!
      Brenda

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  18. Thank you Brenda for clipping the vine to show Mr. Sun! I love to see his face peeking out from all the greenery! I remember when you first moved in almost two years ago the yard looked so bare, it has really come a long way, and it is beautiful!

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    1. And I planted it all last year. None this year. I put myself on a "no plant this summer" budget. Maybe I'll splurge and buy a few next year.
      Brenda

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  19. Hi Brenda! Your white flower is a clematis vine. I'm not sure of the "name" of this particular one but it is a clematis, we have one also and it is so pretty this time of year. Maybe you could find the name of this one by doing a Google search for white clematis vine...
    Beautiful garden!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. There are always smart readers who know. They never let me down!
      Brenda

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  20. All I can tell you about your flowers is that the little white flowered one is a jasmine vine. I have no idea how to divide them and plant them elsewhere; I'm sure there's a lot of gardening sites that would offer that kind of advice. This morning I drove out to my son's new place to pick him up and bring him home until tomorrow evening. He needed to work on taking the stereo equipment out of his broken down car and wanted to see some friends. He was home no longer than 10 min, when a friend came and picked him up, lol. Oh well, at least I got my 1 hr & 20 min. in the car with him and we stopped for lunch too. Had some nice conversations. Brian and I are putting pork tenderloin on the grill & I'll make some roasted potatoes and some kind of veggie. Tomorrow - hanging out at home and then taking Tim back.

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    1. I wish my daughters had more time for me too. But that's life I guess.
      Brenda

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  21. PS - oops, I just saw from reading your other comments that it's not a jasmine vine; it's sweet autumn clematis! They look so much alike.

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  22. Not much going on in my courtyard these days - the Summer heat has returned and not much blooming. Glad others knew what your plant was as I did not. Looks like you still have a lot blooming.
    Too hot to be out, so stayed in and caught on a few things in the house.

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    1. Wish oftentimes that I just had a courtyard. I could keep up better.
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  23. Very beautiful plants. I wish some of those wintered over up here in the frozen (winter) north! But then of course we wouldn't have some of the other plants I love. But you can really tell that the plants have run their course now. Getting shaggy.

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    1. Yes, it's that time of year when most of the flowers lose their gusto.
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  24. Hi Brenda,
    The flowers and vines in your yard still look so pretty. The heat and lack of rain in August have done a number on our yard.
    Mary Alice

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  25. I see other's have answered your question. Doesn't it smell divine! My neighbor has one that creeps over my back fence and it's such a lovely fragrance. I believe you can root cuttings. I would just let the zinnias reseed themselves. I help my along by spreading the seeds.

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    1. Absolutely divine! I think I'll just let the zinnias reseed as you say.
      Brenda

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  26. You have so much growing, Brenda; the passion vine is gorgeous. I did some tidying up in my garden yesterday; things were looking sad and bedraggled so I thought I'd start early on restoring some order. There is still a way to go on that front, but a stack of books is competing for my attention.

    Happy Labour Day.

    -Karen

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    1. I've got a new book club book to begin!
      Brenda

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  27. The vine looks familiar to me / maybe autumn clematis

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  28. Somehow I got 31 of your post come up on my blog. All posted in the last 44-45 minutes. I love your posts but...lol. Weird. I was going to e-mail you, but I can never get e-mails to go through on here.

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  29. Always a pleasure to visit a garden. Your summer blooms are lovely. Thanks for the tour!

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  30. Your garden is gorgeous.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  31. Looks like you got the answer to your vine question. Aren't blog friends so informative? LOVE that! Brenda, your yard is just magical with the variety of plants you have growing. The heat is torture for our beloved plants. I keep telling my husband that someday we are going to live in Portland, Oregon because the weather is soooo plant friendly.

    hugs to you,

    Becky

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  32. How your garden has grown! You certainly had a lot of cutting back to do but it's so nice to see the sun peeping out again, Brenda!
    Helen x

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  33. Your green thumb has done well! I was going to be brilliant and tell you that the vine was Sweet Autumn Clematis but you've already been told that! Our daughter visited for the weekend and we've had some grilled food and homemade apple pie! She has to go back to her place so Labor Day will be quiet.

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  34. Hmmm.....we just had a birthday celebration for my niece on Sunday and today our little family is going to go see a movie. My daughter was so moved by the movie "42" about Jackie Robinson that we're going to go see "The Butler."

    Your gardens look beautiful. I was a pathetic gardener this year. I didn't even plant any pots. I'm going to try to get a few for pots for the fall. It doesn't really start to cool down here until mid-November. Love the little red chair peeking out from under the vines.

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  35. I always enjoy your blog with my morning coffee, Brenda...even though I don't comment very often. Your photos are lovely and so is the garden - even this late in the Summer. Just be careful with your ankle and leg out chopping or working in the garden! I know you are glad you're able to do more of that now. I'm staying in where it's cool today also and maybe doing a little sewing for my granddaughters. Hope all is well...

    Blessings,
    Dianne
    www.sweetjourneyhome.com

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  36. I can't say I've ever seen white clematis. Here it seems everyone has a purple blue color. I planted some at our other house and it never did well while I lived there, but bet it's all over now.

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  37. Oh Brenda, your garden is just looking so well! Don't you love seeing your happy sun peeking out from the vines? I do! :) Your other vine doesn't look like my jasmine vine, but there could be different kinds perhaps. You have such a green thumb! Beautiful!

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  38. Passion flowers are so surprising but their shapes and colours.

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