I have mentioned before now that it seems to be a good year for clematis, and amongst the floriferousness there have also been some unseasonable oddities, like a few blooming sprigs on C armandii ‘Snowdrift’ (above), the flowers so purely white they remind me of sugar flowers. Below are random blooms and fluffy seedheads on C alpina ‘Constance’ and C alpina ‘Pamela Jackman’ with another more seasonal but mislabelled clematis which looks like C viticella ‘Little Bas’:
Having replaced my original C texenis ‘Princess Diana’, she is now doing well but was surprised to find herself suddenly accompanied by C viticella ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ which hasn’t seen the light of day for a number of years – no idea what has been getting up to in the interim but I am very happy to see her again!
I like a bit of quirk in the garden, so of course have had to include Clematis viticella‘Alba Luxurians‘, although its white twisted white and green tepals can sometimes disappear amongst its foliage:
Equally leafy is the adjacent C texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ which is always reluctant to produce a proportionate number of blooms to match its leafiness, but this year it is perhaps responding to being fed and watered regularly, as it has made a good start:
When they are happy, clematis, like roses, make such a good investment and you can never have too many: both the garden and the gardener are reaping the benefits this year.
These are just six of my clematis investments; to see what six things other gardeners have chosen to feature today, just pop over to Jon the Propagator’s blog and check out the links.