Readers of this blog know that we’ve been worrying about our prize Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ that grows on a west-facing wall near the front door.
This Clematis (it’s actually at least 2 plants at this point) lost a 10″ strip of root run during the construction of our new driveway. We wondered if this would tamp down the normally abundant display of purple flowers.
We now have the answer. The pictures on this post, taken a couple of days ago, show that the floral display is somewhat diminished, but still impressive. Third party confirmation of this was provided yesterday while I was out in the front garden. A passing bicyclist shouted “Awesome Clematis!” to me as she whizzed by. A Clematis that inspires shouted drive-by compliments is still a pretty good Clematis. My soul is at peace.
Will our Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ fully recover, or even surpass, its former size and floral abundance?
This is a plant with an extensive root system, 2 feet deep or more. Are those roots spreading back into the area under the driveway, now filled with the sand and gravel that serve as a base for pavers? I like to think so. And I like to think of gradually accumulating grains of organic matter tempting those roots further outward and downwards.
In the meantime, I will pamper our recovering ‘Jackmanii’ Clematis. I will make sure its roots are thoroughly shaded. I will give it extra drinks of water, extra helpings of compost – even a bit of fertilizer (which I otherwise avoid) in the spring.
Here’s to an even bigger and better ‘Jackmanii’ next summer.