A mutant hero?

Clematis alpina 'Constance' & Clematis cirrhosa

I was surprised when I had my morning ramble today to see a single white flower amongst the increasingly beautiful show of Clematis alpina ‘Constance’. It clearly was not a mutation of ‘Constance’ and undoubtedly a Clematis cirrhosa’, probably ‘Wisley Cream’, the demise of my supposedly permanent labels still posing a problem. When we first devised our ‘clematis archway’ I planted three varieties at the base of each post, with different flowering seasons. Unfortunately, perhaps as I had planted in restricted spaces ‘Constance’ was the only one that settled down and flowered reliably since; the others have virtually come to nothing and this cirrhosa had certainly never flowered before. It will have been planted as a winter flowerer (usually December to March, although I did once have a Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ in a different part of the garden which flowered non-stop for about 3 years), so in April it is rather later than its usual flowering period. I am more than happy to welcome it, and it is hopefully another example of how some clematis take a number of years to settle down then suddenly begin to flower prolifically.

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