We have five clematis’ (what IS the plural of “clematis”? Clemata?) growing up the posts of the covered terrace, and while most of them are what I think of as the “normal” clematis variety, i.e. the jackmanii type or similar, one of them is a little bit different.
First of all it’s not purple like the rest of the clematis’ (clemati?) growing along the covered terrace; it has yellow flowers with a bell shape that is very different from the flat flowers of the other clematis’ (clemata?) and only four petals.
The first year we planted it, it did very little at all. Whatever growth it managed to put on was swiftly devoured by slugs, so I really thought of it as a failure. The next year, however, it grew and grew, but produced only 3 flowers over the entire season, so I was beginning to think I might have put it in the wrong spot; it is in The Evening Border, so it only gets sunshine at the very end of the day.
This year, though, it has decided to both grow and flower:
The flowers aren’t as showy as on the other clematis’ (clemati?), but they are definitely there. Loads of them.
I still wonder, though, if it might be happier in a sunnier spot, but for now it will stay where it is. Apart from anything, we don’t HAVE another place where it will fit at present…
Anyway, if any of you happen to know the name of this clematis, feel free to let me know. We bought this plant ourselves, but instantly threw away the name tag… -And it has annoyed me ever since!