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Blooming Its Heart Out

June 23rd, 2017

When I got these tiny clematises at a discount store this spring, I wasn’t expecting much of anything by the way of blooms for several years.

I was super amazed when one of the tiny vines started putting off one bud, then two, then three… Of course I have no idea what variety this is, it was simply labeled “red clematis”. We’re lucky to have a clematis farm here in Maine, hopefully I can get up there soon and they may be able to help me identify it.

I’m hoping to get the new garden area ready soon so a few of these can get planted into the ground. I dislike maintaining plants in containers for very long.

When I saw it was a red clematis on the box, I wasn’t super keen. But you can’t really complain when they’re so inexpensive. I’m happy with the darkness of this bloom, it’s more burgundy than red. It should pair beautifully with ladies mantle or a bright green hosta at its base. None of the other vines have blooms yet, I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

What’s surprised you in the garden this week?

Sweet Autumn Clematis

September 20th, 2009

I have a Sweet Autumn Clematis vine on the fence by our driveway. Every September, I’m amazed when it blooms. It’s a beautiful vine, very vigorous. It covers a good part of the fence and grows almost to the top of the dogwood tree nearby.
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I noticed this year that the bees LOVE it as well.
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One reason I like this clematis is because it blooms when a lot of other things are fading. It’s a crisp white & green among all the brown in the garden!

What’s blooming in your garden right now? Any great fall blooming plants you’d recommend?

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