Spring finally arriving I am particularly delighted to celebrate the end of a long wet winter with the blossoming of two of my favorite plants, which share the same large pot. At the lower end of this configuration spills the simple pink clematis, now charmingly entangling itself around the madonna who lives next to the pot, then wending its way into an adjacent metal grill glider, ever so happy to send its tendrils through and about and beneath the openings in the seat. And who cares, really? There’s still plenty of room to sit, and it makes very nice company.
My pink clematis lives with this large beautiful purple clematis and they live quite comfortably together. I so very much enjoy the combination.
As it happened putting the two clematis plants in one very deep, tall pot turned out to be a good thing, as apparently clematis likes to send its roots quite deep. It will not do well in a shallow situation. I had been told it liked to keep its roots cool and its above ground self warm. As the pot is on a patio, set back from the front, my clematis was afforded the best of both worlds. Each morning the leaves are bathed in morning sunlight, then as the sun heads west the patio becomes cooler and shadier, so the clematis plants are never baking in the hot California sunshine. As a result, happily, they have both thrived. Each year they return with abundance.
I set out to see what other clematis plants were taking the stage in my community. Here’s what I found. First, this simple white one which I found to be quite charming. I think there is always a place for a spray of white flowers in ones garden, don’t you?
My neighbor says she has white clematis (not yet in blossom) covering her back fence, and, apparently it grows in harmony with a pink honeysuckle. I love the idea of combining compatible vines in the garden, doubling the pleasure!
I trip to one of my favorite local nurseries yielded these two beauties. This purple one is regal and lush beyond words.
And this pink is lovely as ever, don’t you find?
I do believe clematis is one of my alltime favorite garden additions. I love the varieties available and the color spectrums are all in my favorite ranges. I have found it very easy to care for by simply keeping it moist, loving it, and cutting away the dead leaves and side branches after it has blossomed. I have used my intuition as a guide. I have read the pruning guidelines for clematis and they have only left me confused. There are three kinds, apparently, and each blossoms at a different time of year, and needs slightly different attention. Sigh. If only I were That Kind of Gardener. Alas, I am not. And I seem to be doing just fine with this plant. Plants I do not resonate with I refrain from growing. That simple.
Clematis and I are pals. How about you?
Love and springtime blessings,
Footnote: Correct pronunciation of this plant is CLEM-uh-tis. I think it varies from region to region.
Posted on April 17th, 2010 by Kathryn
Filed under: Plants