A Happy Clematis Recovery
When I left home Monday morning I was not hopeful about my ‘Multi-Blue’ Clematis. Returning home on Friday, I expected the worst: a vine full of drooping buds and brown, wilted leaves. Instead, ‘Multi-Blue’ did not have a single drooping flower bud. There were a few wilted leaves, but the foliage was mostly clean.
I thought that ‘Multi-Blue’ was suffering from Clematis wilt. However, Christina of My Hesperides Garden pointed out that it might be something else entirely, such as slug or snail damage. Turns out that, according to the British Clematis Society website, Clematis wilt is “relatively rare”.
If it really were Clematis wilt, I assume that the disease would have progressed by the time I returned on Friday. I can’t be sure what or who did the earlier damage, but the worst seems to be over.
This vine is in its second year in our garden. ‘Multi-Blue’ can get to around 8′ tall, this one is about 6′ right now. It’s got about 10 flower buds at the moment – not exactly covered with flowers, but not bad. It’s supposed to be a repeat bloomer, so in theory I’ll get blooms through the summer if I keep up with the deadheading.
Last year we got only a few flowers from this vine, and not much rebloom. What flowers we did get were damaged by earwigs, which haven’t been a problem this year.
I’m thinking of planting a second vine on this tuteur. Either another shorter Clematis, or maybe a Trumpet Honeysuckle. What do you think?