I've been babying this Sweet Autumn Clematis all summer. Giving it lots of water while I sit and water the tomatoes. We have just this one section of chain link fence left from our dog pen. It serves as a backdrop for this little "deck garden" I decided to plant the clematis...even though I've heard about it's taking over fences, trellis, walls etc. I felt that I might be able to contain it. It was kind of spindly at first. I know that clematis don't do much climbing in their first year. This particular one seemed to want to take off in the middle of summer. I wanted it to cover the fence and here is how it looks today. I really don't care if it rambles on up the deck rail...it's so pretty. Little star like flowers just cover it. While I sat in the chair watering my tomatoes...I could smell it's wonderful fragrance. A bonus....I didn't know that they had any fragrance at all. A winner in my estimation and the bees love it...another bonus.
Today is cloudy after a shower during the night. Everything is damp this morning. People are out walking by with their dogs. I put a Chem Lawn sign right in front of my mailbox this year and it has worked. We don't use Chem Lawn, but the sign tells passers by that our lawn was treated and bad for dogs to walk on. They have, for the most part, stayed away from the mailbox flowers.....although the flowers could have used a little watering this year:)
I watched the convention last night and this morning decided to put my choice for president on the side bar of my blog. This isn't usually a political blog, but being close to the election day...I felt that I wanted to share my preference. No matter who you vote for...it's so important...it's our right as citizens of this wonderful place where we live... to exercise that right. There I'm off my soapbox.
Today I'm going to buy the birdseed for the winter and also the suet blocks for those cute woodpeckers. The critters are continuing in their raiding of my tomatoes. We aren't getting any tomatoes now...they all have a bite taken out of them before I can pick them.They haven't touched the cherry tomatoes. I feel that the little creatures are suffering with the dryness this year..and have lost some of their food source. So, from this day till frost, I'll continue watering the tomatoes for the little animals that visit my yard.