THE COUNTESS & THE CLEMATIS

                                                                     

If you have been following this blog you already know I have a passion for Clematis .

                                                                    

( if you missed them see under categories) they are planted  at the base of almost all the  viburnums  in the garden. So, no surprise today when I came across new growth on Clematis Catherine Clanwilliam ( photographed above in May)  and saw…

                                                                   

FLOWER BUDS!!..

I am so looking forward to this re bloom.  Which brings me to my post today.

Several weeks ago I received an e-mail through the ‘contact me’ page on this blog. Cheryl Purdin  requested  seeds of  Clematis Catherine Clanwilliam. Her plan was to have the gardener start the seeds so her employer, who just celebrated her 87th birthday, could see the plant bloom again. It was to be a surprise. Her employer is Her Ladyship Catherine, Countess of Clanwilliam for whom  Barry Fretwell named said plant.

                                                                  

 The Countess seen above in a photo from 2008, “is a very keen gardener who has made interesting and delightful gardens both in Northern Ireland and in the county of Wiltshire in South Western England.” -Attributed to Barry Fretwell.

Since it would take several years for the plant to bloom if started from seed; my friend Graham, in the UK, helped me locate a mail order nursery in Germany & year old plants were ordered.

 So the countess & the clematis named for her were reunited once more.

 

Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?

The Countess’ photo appears with the permission of her 6 daughters.

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8 thoughts on “THE COUNTESS & THE CLEMATIS

  1. Dear Sandra, A wonderful story indeed. And, how fascinating that you should mention Barry Fretwell, from whom so many of my own clematis have come. He is now retired but his nursery, Peveril Plants was truly a treasure trove of delights for the Clematis lover. He is a prodigious Clematis hybridiser and so many of the Clematis which are favourites in our gardens owe their very existence to him. Subject of a future posting I think!

  2. Lovely story of the clematis being reunited with the Countess of Clanwilliam, delighted to see her looking so well with her pony and trap! She was my first employer and trained me to cook many many years ago. My time at Montalto was a very happy time!

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