Star of Spring–Clematis Vine

10440689_10203684610983076_6728059850312611040_n Clematis

My clematis vine is a virtual reminder of my dear mother-in-law Donna. I admired her clematis at the entrance to their home and eagerly accepted a “start” over forty years ago. Through two moves and several location shifts, it now climbs the pole of a weathered bird house in Grandma’s Garden. Mom always said “keep it’s feet in the shade and it’s head in the sun.” I have finally found that ideal place where the vine flourishes. The chain of star-shaped blue/lavender blooms that climb to the light gladden my spring days and remind me of a sweet person I was blessed to have in my life.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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