Right now is this year’s peak for our Clematis ‘Jackmanii’. It covers most of the west-facing brick wall at the front corner of the house, which I like to call “The Great Wall of Purple”, though it is either white or green for most of the year.
This year’s ‘Jackmanii’ is blooming about a week later than normal.
This is how it looked a week ago, with the blooms just starting.
And this is how it looks today. As far as I can tell, there are actually two plants, the one to the right being the mama to the one on the left.
They both benefit from lots of afternoon sun with a brick wall to reflect the heat. They’ve got a thick carpet of Periwinkle at their feet, and get lots of free drinks thanks to their position near the water faucet. Plus they get a generous annual serving of compost.
I grow several Clematis varieties, but ‘Jackmanii’ is certainly the most satisfying.
The mama plant looks pretty good this year, considering what winter and spring were like. I like looking straight up to where it seems to be reaching into the sky.
But the second plant seems not quite as robust as it has been in recent years. Perhaps it sustained some damage from the harsh winter. Still, I won’t complain.
The annual blooming of the Clematis is something of a neighborhood event, at least for the neighbors who are in the habit of walking by. We’re happy to be able to continue the tradition for another year.