Sunday, February 26, 2023

Evergreen Hardy Clematis

I really love growing clematis, their smell and beautiful flowering. Recently I learned about winter-hardy clematis. This was interesting because I cover my clematis for the winter. Sometimes especially when there is no snow, they freeze out.
Here are some tips I've learned from knowledgeable gardeners with extensive experience growing evergreen clematis.


These clematis are classified as either evergreen or semi-evergreen. Many of them have a pleasant smell, and they all prefer poor or drier soils that are not too wet.

While reading these gardening tips, I got to thinking: the soil is quite wet in my garden. Where can I choose a place for winter-hardy clematis?

Taylors Clematis: cirrhosa

Gardeners advise not to grow these clematis in strong winds or on heavy soil that is prone to water logging. They will not develop and possibly die. Evergreen clematis need shelter with a wall or a strong fence, the soil must be very well drained.

I thought that I would make a drainage for planting clematis, although it is laborious.

Evergreen clematis have a natural dormant period in mid-summer when they look "tired". In extreme heat, they can shed their leaves.


Since these clematis bloom in November-March, I doubt how frost-hardy they are. If I leave evergreen clematis uncovered for the winter, will they bloom?

Perhaps you have such evergreen clematis growing in your garden. Share your experience. I would like to know your advice. Thank you. from the internet

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Winter Sun


Today I want to invite you, friends, for a walk. Walking in winter is definitely cold. But the frost is only -2 C and a little windy. The main thing is that the sun is shining today, although it does not warm, but it is very pleasing. Everything around seems cheerful, waiting for spring.
We will choose a route along a small bay, a hiking trail. Pines, bushes, grasses and birch trees grow around the path.

People with dogs like to walk along this path. Dogs behave calmly, do not rush forward, walk next to the owner, greet the oncoming ones wagging their tail. In summer, cattail, reeds and fragrant herbs grow and bloom here.

We came to a pier, near which yachts and boats stand in the summer. Now it is quiet here, boats and yachts are waiting for launching in spring.


The bright rays of the sun make their way through the branches of pines, beautifully illuminate the trunks of trees. We came to yet another small wooden pier. I think it's good to dive here from this pier in summer day. Or just sit here in summer and put your feet in the water.

It can be seen that dense ice has formed on the water. But it's cracked in some places. I think that there were no people who wanted to walk on such ice. Is it dangerous. Even if it’s not deep here, it’s still bad to be in cold water.


 Winter days are not long. How nice that the sun was with us for a walk. I love sunny winter days like this. 

After the walk I baked bread in the bread machine. Here it's warm and soft homemade bread:

Thanks for being with me.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

'Katajanokka' Hotel


It was evening when I arrived in Helsinki, Finland. The road from St. Petersburg took 8 hours, so I wanted to relax and check into a hotel faster. The room was booked at the Katajanokka hotel. Looking at the hotel, its appearance struck me with its resemblance to a prison.

It turned out that I was not mistaken. 


This is a sophisticated hotel housed in a converted prison building. It has been refurbished according to the needs of the hotel's clients. This is what the windows and bathroom look like.

In the morning, when I left the room, I saw a gallery of stairs going up and down, metal railings and beautiful carpets on the floor.



Some details were reminiscent of the former prison, such as iron railing doors, rooms outside the main corridor, grids on the windows, unknown details on the ceiling between the walls.

I slept really well there, the breakfast was plentiful and tasty, the tea and coffee was of good quality. Now I think I had a good time in the Katajanokka hotel.


Here is my video of the ferry trip to Helsinki: