Blue Boy and Frankie Clematis bloom on wood from last year so they are the first to show their delicate petals in June before the later clematis such as Jackmanii bloom. In this photo Maureen Wagner of Calgary props a birdhouse on an old wooden swing in her back yard amid the early clematis. She won't be using that swing this season!
Look for my Herald article on this topic later in July. Meanwhile send me your ideas for items that can be repurposed for the garden.