I recently posted about Clematis Bell of Woking, who reappeared after a two-year absence. I hope a few ‘no shows’ this year will surprise me in the future.
It is so disheartening to plant, feed and coddle a plant only to have it disappear, leaving so sign of life..not even a bit of dried stem!
Good to note here that I do NOT, as a general rule, coddle ornamental plants. I believe any plant worth its space should be able to survive on its own or with minimal attention; given a good start. BUT, with Clematis, it is another matter. For me, they are special. The jewelery in the garden; that one great statement accessory that brings pizzaz to the basic little black dress (or am I dating myself here?)
For some its roses or daylillies or Iris …for me its Clematis.
So, back to the Clematis Belle of Woking. Below, the bud…
opening, a bit like a cabbage….
finally, fully open & stunning.
WELCOME HOME! You have been missed (and about to be replaced!)