I was looking up into the quince tree, willing it to drop all its leaves before I return the leafblower I’ve been trialling later this week, when I spotted a flash of purple. Closer inspection revealed a Clematis jackmanii flower – on December 9th! It wasn’t showing its best side for photgraphy, so I gently moved the stem with a cane at which point it dropped one of its petals. Nevertheless, given the gales and some cold nights it’s a pretty amazing sight.
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The improved soil in one of the new raised beds near the house must have been just what this pale blue clematis required. The tiny pale blue flowers look quite wonderful amongst the white Japanese anemones. When I bought it, it was called C. heracleifolia, but has now been renamed C. tubulosa. It’s an easy and undemanding plant that has been waiting in the wings until the last few weeks, but is now taking centre stage.
For the past few months I’ve been buying a beautiful blue clematis that is now being sold as a cut flower by some florists. Not only does it look wonderful in a vase, but it also lasts at least two weeks while the flowers progressively open. Thanks to a press release from the British Clematis Society I now know that it is an old-fashioned herbaceous clematis (grows to about 2 metres, so better for the back of a border than as a climber) called Clematis durandii. Obviously the flowers that I buy at this time of year are grown undercover, but I think I might buy a couple for relatively compact colour in the summer borders. It can also be grown in large containers.
The thing about spending more time on the computer instead of working outdoors as I would be when both legs work, is that I keep discovering more plants that I would like to grow. Reading @Graham_Rice’s blog on MORE
Several years ago I was sent this clematis whose name was long forgotten until one of our readers (@Ginbath) identified it as Clematis Rebecca. Lacking a convenient space it was hurriedly plonked into a corner of the potager. It is the healthiest clematis in the garden, flowering its socks off and generally making me sorry I didn’t give it a more glamorous home. I think I might risk trying to move it overwinter – it would look wonderful in front of the weatherboarding scrambling up one of the rose pergolas. Cinderella shall go to the border.