I had no idea that any clematis could be so prolific. Well it is – and I can only gaze in admiration.
Last night it rained heavily and I thought the flowers would be scattered on the ground but by this morning after only one or two casualties it is as bright as ever. To prove it to you I took this photo – after the rain.
As you can see I planted the clematis in a large pot but I have trained some of the tendrils along the black wrought iron fence behind it.
Now this clematis has had a rather interesting history. I bought it about two years ago as a young sapling with three plate-sized flowers.
It grew well and by the end of the summer it needed secure staking. But then winter came and robbed it of every bit of greenery. It looked like a mound of dry sticks. All the stalks were dry and lifeless. So I cut it right down to the base and hoped it would survive.
By spring, my clematis, undeterred, began to grow shoots from the base. And during summer we had quite a nice show.
This recent winter it was very cold and frosty and once again the clematis was reduced to a mound of dry sticks. But this time I decided not to prune at all so I only removed the dry leaves. The sticks seemed deader than ever but I decided to wait it out.
And what luck that I did!
Spring swept in quickly
And the clematis sprang to life in a matter of days. Every dead stalk sprouted leaves and buds in quick succession. There were fat buds all over the plant, peeping out from every possible corner and crevice.
And overnight they burst open into this spectacular display of blue flowers.
So now I am left with the question – is pruning such a desirable thing after all?
It’s a question that I will be looking at more closely when I chat about the results of the vicious pruning that my roses endured during July.
And about that litter of clematis babies that I told you about last time – well I have managed to propagate a lovely new plant – pictures to follow in due course. She isn’t very photogenic yet!
If you have had any experience with clematis, please tell me about it. Any tips will be most welcome. As I mentioned previously, clematis is rather new to me as we had previously lived at the coast.
So all you clematis lovers out there please pop in with any tips or advice because I have become an ardent fan!