With all the moving and digging we have been doing, some of our clematis plants have been recovering in pots, and two or three haven't done well. We lost Crystal Fountain as it was in a pot during one of the coldest of winters that passed during 2008/2009. So sad! We are looking for a replacement as it was one we loved and we will just have to learn to put the plants into the ground ASAP.
We have an interesting 'development' with one plant we can't identify, as you can see in the picture here. It grew and started to die back, but toward the end of its growing season it suddenly produced a couple of buds and some very reasonably sized blossoms -- but what are they?
We gave Josephine her own trellis to climb into the sun this past year, but try telling HER that. She preferred to blossom on branches that draped down to the ground and grew under the rhubarb, which is where her blossoms mostly developed this year. I have to say that the blossoms were large, as you can see by the comparison with the rhubarb leaves that were also a good size. What did we put in that soil last year? I think it was just rotting weeds there.
Then there were Blue Ravine, Jackmanii and Hagley all blooming in the same area, with at least two of them on the go at the same time, creating quite a bouquet at the back of the veggie garden and up the holly bush. The Blue Ravine is at the back, climbing the holly and by the time it had reached its peak it was a fabulous showing compared to past years.
Earlier this year I confused Miss Bateman with florida Seiboldii, but now that we finally have our dear florida performing, she has made it quite clear that she is, at this point, much smaller in blossom than Miss Bateman. She also comes out later in the season, in spite of getting much more sunlight than Miss Bateman. Perhaps she needs some gentle words and TLC, and we will see if she can perform more like the represenatative photos we saw before purchasing her.
John Warren is a very large flowered clematis. A pleasant surprise when it finally performed.
Our mystery clematis has turned out to be a new and improved Miss Bateman. This plant is growing very successfully in a pot, but last year it was one that was 'pruned' of every budding blossom by the squirrels before we could identify it. The previous growth on this plant did not previously show the distinct green stripes that I am finding very attractive. For the first few years during travel and shuffle, the plant flowered consistantly, but blossoms were poor quality.
Ville de Lyon. There is more of a point to the shaping of the petals than I previously remember, or see in photos, but it is the only clematis we have with that coloring, so it must be the one. I wonder why the change in petal shape? This one blossom has lasted a good month, so I look forward to seeing a more productive display next year.
At left is marked as Lilicana Floribunda but I have not been able to verify that the correct label was with the plant when it was photographed. (Squirrels love to move the markers.) I will be doing my best to confirm this when I can. The difficulty is that it is so like The President that distinguishing between them will be a learning experience here.
montana Tetrarose. The most interesting of clematis plants at right.....
Constance Alpina at left.
Finally we have a blossom on Crystal Fountain, with more to come.
Josephine has finally announced her whereabouts after the great shuffle in our garden so I may soon be posting updated photos!
This one we won't be able to identify for a while, (2007), as the squirrels ate every last bud!
2008 we have moved the plant in its pot and the same buds are showing above the trellis again! The squirrel who previously demolished the buds seems to be not noticing the buds this time, so fingers are crossed.
06.03.2008 - Well, who would have guessed that this tasty morsel turned out to be our dear Nelly Moser!