July 17, 2022
Glorious clematis vines greeted us at nearly every garden we visited during the Madison Fling last month, but Janet Aaberg’s garden stepped it up a notch. Thirty-two different varieties of these starry-flowered vines grow in her garden, and every one appeared to be in full bloom.
This nodding blue clematis greeted us in the sunny back garden.
It’s hard to see in this bright-sun photo, but it’s trellised on a shed with a garage door brightened up with a sunflower mural.
A much bigger purple clematis scrambles up the side of the building.
Just look at all those flowers!
And here I’ve been feeling proud of the sputtering blooms on my own two or three clematis vines eking out an existence under the Texas Death Star.
There were also tall delphiniums to admire.
But back to the star of the show, at least for me.
I love ’em all. And notice the dragonfly perching on the garden ornament in the foreground.
Speaking of garden art, Janet has a fun collection.
I admired this circular arbor too — a moon gate to a pergola-shaded sitting area in the center of the garden.
More lovely clematis
These beauties are widely grown in Madison gardens too.
Janet displayed this charming chalk sign to welcome us to her garden. On the reverse, another message expressed thanks for including her on the tour. Thank YOU, Janet, for sharing your delightful garden with us!
Up next: The shady, smile-inducing garden of Jim Ottney and Jay Hatheway. For a look back at Allen Centennial Garden, a free public garden on the UW campus, click here.
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