…but maybe in a day or two Clematis ‘Josephine’ will be fully open and showing herself off after several years without flowering. She has responded well to a changed location, but I am still periodically surprised by things that suddenly rise like the proverbial phoenix after sitting quietly and minding their own business for a number of years.
The first flowering of the hawthorn that was planted in the ‘hedge’ that splits the woodland edge border was therefore an unexpected sight last week, but even more unexpected was to see it accompanied by flowers of Clematis montana var. wilsonii – the clematis was planted at the same time as the hawthorn, about ten years ago, and did flower for a few years before disappearing into the top of adjacent hazel trees. She was duly cut down to a more acceptable height but sulked for a number of years so I am well pleased to see her putting in an appearance again but will need to have a little chat with her to discourage her from running away with the hazels again.