Yesterday, the first bloom on one of my mystery clematis opened fully, telling me I was wrong in thinking it was C florida ‘Sieboldiana’ because, with the attractive pinky purple bar to the petals, it is clearly C florida ‘Best Wishes’. The Golfer asked if it was one I would have chosen to buy but, being frost-tender and best in a pot, it wasn’t – too much faff to take in and out of the greenhouse when there are so many other clematis that don’t need this treatment. However, now that I have her, she is very welcome, particularly at her bargain price.
You can’t see from the above photograph that she was affected by last week’s light frosts, but at least one bud-laden stem was blackened, as you can see below. I am not sure whether to cut this off at the base, or if new leaves will form on the stem in due course – does anyone else have experience of frosted clematis? The other mystery one which was also affected was not growing strongly and the leaves were all blackened and now crumble when touched, so do I cut this right down too?
When I was taking these photographs the Golfer thought I was taking photographs of his handiwork, just around the corner; to appease him, I have done that too. Here is a tap, the first of four: