It’s Clematis Time!
We got back from Michigan on Saturday, and I like to think that our various Clematis varieties had put on a show to welcome us home.
When we left the Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ were just opening their first flowers. I had a vague fear that we might miss them at their peak. However, they were just approaching peak bloom when we returned. More on them later.
But first, I have to talk about the Clematis ‘Betty Corning’. They were also just starting to show a few flowers. These were newish plants that have bloomed a little sparsely so far, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
What we saw on our return was the ‘Betty Corning’ of my dreams – just loaded with flowers! (By the way, does anyone know if Betty needs to be deadheaded? They’re supposed to have a really long bloom period, but I don’t know how much grooming that requires.)
Looking at the size of Betty, I realize I probably could have planted just one instead of two. But then, when have I ever planted just one of anything? It really goes against my principles.
The ‘Betty Corning’ flowers are timed to coincide with the Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), providing my favorite blue/orange color combination.
Betty is also blooming along with the ‘Fascination’ Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum). While the colors are quite similar, the contrast in shape and habit makes for an interesting pair.
It looks like Betty will help reduce flopping among its taller, more vertical neighbors, as it reaches out and twines round them. For Betty herself, I provided plain old metal tomato cages, which are now completely invisible.
Now, back to the ‘Jackmanii’. This is not the best year it ever had, but it’s still looking pretty good. It climbed all the way to the top of the house in this location.
Over in the Herb Bed, Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’ had a bunch of seedheads, which I deadheaded before taking this photo. However, there were also flowers in bloom.
And a number of buds indicating the show would continue.
In the back garden, Clematis ‘Ice Blue’ was sporting a few flowers, some of them showing signs of earwig damage.
‘Ice Blue’ has not been a vigorous Clematis in our garden, but I love the color.
Overall, it’s been a pretty good year for Clematis. How about in your garden.