I was my bemoaning difficulties with seeding lavender... (when my strong minded aunt said,) "Oh for goodness' sake, pull yourself together... this is what you do..." She began ripping off sizable pieces. She jabbed them into the ground... walked away... every one lived.
- Elsa Bakalar, in her book A Garden of One's Own -
Even a world class gardener like Elsa Bakalar appreciates a reminder from a frugal English aunt now and then: No reason to buy more of a good plant. Once you have one you can make more. With a thank you to Elsa's aunt and so many of our mentors we demonstrate here how to turn one clematis vine into many.
When people ask "Will it be easy to dig it?" I almost always say, "Sure." Because if you tell someone how big and heavy some perennial root balls may be they won't try it, and wouldn't even discover that once you start digging you simply find a way!
- Janet -