Right now is the peak Clematis moment here in our garden. This refers, first of all, to what we call the Great Wall of Purple filled out by Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ on part of the west-facing wall of the house, around the corner from the front door.
Here we are walking up the driveway to the Great Wall of Purple.
The ‘Jackmanii’ is blooming well, despite losing part of its root run due to driveway construction two years ago.
Although I notice that the blooms seem to start a bit higher up the vine this year, though once again they are blooming all the way up to the rain gutters. I wonder if the flowers start higher because I didn’t cut them back quite as hard this year. Usually I cut the vines around February or March to about 18″, but this year I cut them about that twice that high. I can give no reason for this, other than deciding in the moment to do something a bit different.
On the other hand, this season the ‘Jackmanii’ are filling a third trellis. The first two trellises are hung on the brick wall, but this year I pushed a third trellis into the ground along the porch railing, and attached it discretely as I could.
Overall, I’d say the quantity of ‘Jackmanii’ blooms is satisfactory this year. Actually, this is three separate plants. Of those, two were planted and one volunteered.
In terms of other Clematis, ‘Multi-Blue’ is doing nicely on a tuteur in the Crabapple Bed.
And in the Driveway Border, ‘Betty Corning’ has just past her peak.
In the Back Garden, Clematis ‘Ice Blue’ is blooming very sparsely. I am afraid it is in too much shade.
So there you have it, the peak of this year’s Clematis season in our garden. It’s exciting and gratifying to watch these beauties come into their own each year.