My Clematis: What I Call A Quality Problem
Let me start by saying that I am a very modest person. Ask anyone who knows me well. However, at the risk of appearing to be a braggart, I have to say this: my garden has an absolutely honking enormous Clematis jackmanii.
And it’s getting bigger. Above is our Clematis in a photo taken this past Sunday.
And this is the same Clematis from last year. It’s pretty clear, I think, that there has been significant expansion. (Though it’s a little tricky to see because the two photos are taken from different angles.)
Actually, there are two Clematis jackmanii. The first and larger vine has spawned an offspring to its left, which is itself starting to become huge.
So now I have what could be called a quality problem: too much Clematis for the trellising available (not to mention the railing on the front door landing.
Clearly I need to attach more trellising to the west-facing brick wall of our house. But what is the best way to do that? I could trellis upward – maybe attach 10′ or 12′ vertical rebar to the wall with horizontal wires attached. Or tear out the wooden trellis and replace it with a much taller one.
Another possibility would be to trellis out rather than up. You can’t see it in these pictures, but there is more west-facing wall going to the left towards the attached garage.