The blooming of the Clematis jackmanii, with its mass of royal purple flowers, is one of the summer highlights of our garden. This year promises to set a new standard for clematis profusion at Garden in a City.
Until this year the Clematis grew on an 8′ trellis against a west-facing brick wall. The vines always outgrew the trellis, folding back upon themselves as a result. So this spring we extended the trellis another 4′, so that it now reaches from the ground up to the rain gutters.
Sure enough the vines have climbed up to the roof and are now waving about up there looking for something to grab onto with their leaf stalks.
Right now the very first flowers are opening, and the vines are covered with buds. As I like to name different parts of the garden, I think I may need to come up with something for this little corner with the big vines. At the moment I am leaning towards The Great Wall of Purple.