Just as I thought the garden was winding down, look what I found…
two surprise clematis!
This little darling above is Clematis odoriba … below, Clematis texensis ‘Catherine Clanwilliam’.
Clematis odoriba, is not covered in any of my books (and I have many). Enter my super knowledgeable friend Lyndy Broder… (the Clematis Queen). She informed me that this plant was bred by the late Mr Ozawa in the 1990’s in Japan. It was only introduced in the early 2000’s.
Mr. Ozawa crossed two native American clematis, Clematis viorna and Clematis crispa and created this beauty.
In Japan, these are grown extensively for the cut flower industry as they are favored in flower arrangements for the Tea Ceremony.
That got me thinking… I have a small collection of miniature, museum reproduction, Japanese porcelain vases. They are the perfect size for a small sprig of flowers… so..
Love the shadows, below…
She is wonderful close-up.
The other Clematis that is blooming now, is Clematis texensis ‘Countess Catherine Clanwilliam’.
I have posted about her several times (see categories), including an anecdote about being contacted by an employee of THE Countess Catherine Clanwilliam.
In my garden she is one of the all time winners,
blooming throughout the summer, and now she is blooming again. Not a big show but so appreciated this time of year.
Guess it comes as no surprise that both these super-acheivers are natives.