Six on Saturday: Doing Good

Clematis viticella and their ilk are real stars of the summer garden here, many flowering from June throughout July and into August, with little sign of stopping. Larger flowered C ‘Kingfisher’ (above) starts flowering a little later than some, but is making up for it now with its intensity of colour, albeit nothing like the colour of kingfishers.

C viticella ‘Alba Luxurians’ is possibly a ‘Marmite’ variety, something you either love or hate; personally, I love it, with its scrunched up white handkerchieves splashed with green:

C texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’, one of the later bloomers, always puts on masses of leafy growth but sadly not a similar quantity of blooms:

Cheery C viticella ‘I am Happy’ is a little less happy now that the supporting rambling rose ‘Rosemarie Viaud’ has been cut back, but she will thank me for it next year:

A welcome shower of rain this afternoon has weighed down the blooms of several clematis, including C viticella ‘Walenburg’:

One of the more reliable residents of the Blue &  white borders is C ‘John Huxtable’, the last of good-doing clematis featured on today’s Six on Saturday, the meme hosted by our SoS host Jon the Propagator. Visiting his blog will take you down a rabbit hole of Saturday Sixes, a journey well worth making!

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23 Responses to Six on Saturday: Doing Good

  1. Kris P says:

    I wish I had a fraction of your success with clematis, Cathy!

  2. Pauline says:

    Lovely, the viticellas are so worth having, they flower for such a long time.

  3. Chloris says:

    I love your selection of late flowering clematis, what a show they make.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris, and just a selection of course – can certainly not have too many clematis (nor too many of most things, of course) !!

  4. What a lovely assortment of clematis.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, John Huxtable is RAD! I remember that name. It is one that is sometimes available here. Unfortunately, their season is very brief here. I see them in nurseries, but do not ever intend to purchase one. The individual flowers are nice, but they lack appealing foliage to back it up. Their foliage really does not like aridity. There are at least two in one of our landscapes, one rich burgundy red, and the other comparably rich blue, that happen to bloom well within their limited season.

    • Cathy says:

      You do like your white blooms, Tony! Like ‘Prince George’, this variety has a lovely textured surface too, which adds to the charm

      • tonytomeo says:

        There is actually a landscape here at the chapel (El Catedral de Santa Clara de Los Gatos) of exclusively white bloom! It was not even my idea! I am hesitant to try clematis, even though there is a low iron fence that would be ideal for it. I just do not want it to look bad, but stay there for a long time while looking bad, just because I do not want to remove it. In the future, I may try ‘Jamaica White’ bougainvillea. If it does not do well, it should be obvious after the first winter, and I can remove it.

        • Cathy says:

          Sounds lovely

          • tonytomeo says:

            Yes and no. To me, ‘Barbara Karst’ is the epitome of bougainvillea. As much as I like white, it is not the best color for all flowers. It seems to me that bougainvillea should exhibit vibrant and rich color. Nonetheless, I am pleased for the opportunity to try ‘Jamaica White’, and get familiar with it. I know that I will enjoy it if it survives.

  6. Noelle M says:

    A good start for anyone wanting to grow clematis would be to read your post this week Cathy. Thanks for the recommendation here for later flowering clematis.

  7. Anna says:

    Some beautiful clemmies Cathy. I like the colour of ‘Kingfisher’ although nothing like it’s namesake and Jon Huxtable looks most appealing too. Glad that you had a welcome shower – they are ceasing to be welcome here!

    • Cathy says:

      I am always on the lookout for more potential locations for clematis – lots more lovely varieties available! The rain issue is most intriguing – I had an almost bizarre conversation with someone from the next village who had had a very wet Saturday the other weekend when we had the mere lightest of showers here…I think we both thought the other was talking nonsense!

  8. I also love viticella Clematis, especially as they don’t suffer from wilt. Like Marmite, I love ‘Alba Luxurians’!

  9. Beautiful! Clematis vines and flowers are so lovely and romantic.

  10. Beautiful. Your Clematis blooms are remarkably long-lasting. Around here they are mostly played out by August.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I have got the impression from other North American bloggers that this is the case…would this be the same throughout the continent, or is it an E/W thing?

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