June 12, 2014

Clematis In Bloom

 

Most of my clematis vines are blooming right now.  I don't have much room for more shrubs in the garden, but I managed to squeeze in a few more clematis this spring.  Above is 'The President,' which is darker and bluer than this photo shows.  It's hard to capture the color correctly.


I planted two of these lavender 'Ramona' clematis where they'll screen the glare off the back fence.  This photo shows the flowers after they've faded over several days.  They are a more vivid color when they first open.

























 
'Mrs. Cholmondeley' is growing among a yellow 'Teasing Georgia' climbing rose.  I also have a 'Will Goodwin' that is about this color, but it isn't blooming yet.
 

The flowers of 'Duchess of Edinburgh' are giant - about 8.5 inches across.  This one is growing up into a crabapple tree.
























I am guessing that this one is 'Miss Bateman,' as it was mislabeled when I brought it home.  I prefer the yellow center instead of this dark one, but the vine is so happy that I'll just let it be.


'Asao' was the first to bloom and is now finished, so this is a photo from a few weeks ago.
 

























Now that the petals have dropped from 'Asao,' these sweet wisps have formed from the centers.  A 'Francine Austin' climbing rose blooms around it.

























'Comtesse de Bouchard' is another new plant for me.  The color is very similar to 'Asao,' though Comtesse doesn't have a white center to the petals.  I also have a tiny 'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis paniculata to plant, though I don't know if I'll get any blooms from it this year.  If not, it will be something to look forward to for next year.



9 comments:

  1. I already tried to comment but it got lost so I hope you don't get this twice.
    You've a lovely selection there - there is something ever so special about pure white clematis. Duchess of Edinburgh didn't like my garden here in Edinburgh (of all places) - I love how you have them growing through your roses, something I can't quite master.

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  2. Hi VW,

    Lovely blooms! And so many... Reminds me I really need more to cover my fence. I lost Montanta rubens a few years ago and still haven't replaced it. Although 'Marjorie' is supposed to get very, very large.

    Also, love your Francine Austin rose... Hrm. Fingers are twitching... I need that rose.

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    1. Liz, I'm not sure if Francine is still sold, but Snow Goose is very similar. The tiny flowers are a great addition to a vase.

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  3. Hi VW- I love those clematis! A neighbor down the street has one growing that has huge 10-12 inch blooms- they look like plates when seen from the street! Do you think I could grow one up a tree or is that a bad idea?

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    1. Ashley, I have a couple clematis growing up trees and they are fine. I have seen other gardeners do the same, so I think you could, too. Just be sure to plant it on the north or east side of the tree so the roots are shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

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  4. I do love clematis as well... yours are beautiful! Larry

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  5. VW girl your clematis are gorgeous and on wonderful supports to show them off so well!
    This is the second time I ahve seen the President on some one's blog .. it is making me think I would like one too .. that is the problem of visiting blogs ... they make me want to buy more plants ! haha
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, I think the President is probably my favorite of the bunch. You really should find a place for it in your garden if possible! Just gorgeous, dark, and dramatic.

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  6. I love your clematis! I find capturing their colors accurately can be difficult because their colors are so rich. I love clematis growing through roses. Beautiful!

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It is good to hear from you - thanks for leaving a comment! I'm sorry that real life keeps me too busy to respond to everyone, though I'll try to stop by your garden blog if you leave a link. I have comment moderation turned on, so your comment will show up after I slog through the endless spam (ugh) and approve it.