It’s Clematis Time!
When we returned from DC we discovered that the Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ had entered into its peak bloom period.
This clump of Clematis reaches from the ground up to the roof, and then a little bit further. It’s actually three vines, the original and two offspring.
How can anyone resist those big purple flowers?
This may sound like hyperbole, but this burst of Clematis bloom is considered an annual event by the dog walkers and others who regularly pass by on foot. I know because they’ve told me. Really.
This year’s display, while certainly pretty good, is not quite up to the standards of the recent past. The last couple of years the entire wall above was a great mass of rich purple. In the current year, however, patches of white trellis can be seen and the blooms are not so dense.
I suspect that this year’s less spectacular showing is the result of my chronic inability to follow directions. I had gotten the misconception that this Clematis should be cut back by half after blooming, and last year I did so for the first time. However, this was entirely wrong.
I just checked my source, which is The Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis, by Linda Beutler. What the author actually says is that you can cut ‘Jackmanii’ back by half (instead of to 18″) in February and you will get blooms about a month early. Cutting it back in July simply reduced the amount of energy captured by the foliage for the following year’s flower display.
In any case, all the Clematis news isn’t about ‘Jackmanii’. In the Driveway Border, ‘Betty Corning’ is still going strong.
And Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’ is preparing for a second round of blooms. It flowers in May on old growth, then has a burst of new growth producing a new bunch of buds. Nice to see a plant behave like it’s supposed to. ‘Ice Blue’, on the other hand, is resting now after producing a second round of flowers earlier in June.
How are the Clematis doing in your garden these days?