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26th February 2012
Clematis fasciculiflora L657
It has been a misty week. A gentle touch of rain has hardly been noticed though the ground is wet - I have had wet knees all week. It was a mistake to sit down while planting Hellebore seedlings, and I won't be repeating it. Temperatures have stayed high and there are more garden events going on than I can attend and hope to stay sane. The plants know it is spring. Birds in the garden know it's spring. Organisations and plant sales know it's spring but there are still gardeners muttering under their breath about ice storms and the coldest March since Hanibal crossed the Alps. It could happen, but I don't think so.
This Clematis has been in a pot outside the back door for the best part of a year now. When I bought it, I knew I wanted it but I didn't know where I wanted it so it has lurked for a while. Buds have been swelling on it since November and I was sure I would have flowers for Christmas but they have dithered and dithered. It is gently reminding me to get my act together and find somewhere to plant it. As soon as the flowers open the slugs find them and trim them into interesting shapes. Freed from it's pot it will climb to the heights and not even a slug riding an elephant will be able to reach them.
This is an introduction by Roy Lancaster. He found it growing on Emei Shan in China and said "the flowers are bell shaped, dingy-green and borne in drooping axilliary clusters on the old wood." (Roy Lancaster, 'Travels in China' 1989). It's not flattering, but it's accurate.
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