These are the first blooms from this Clematis vine…. Ever.
Planted last summer, it grew a bit, but didn’t bloom. Purchased bare root, probably from a bin in a “big box store,” I planted it, watched the vine develop, but never saw any flowers.
It is Clematis, “Belle of Woking.” These beautiful double flowers are produced on old growth.
Later in the season, I hope to see it bloom again on new growth. The new growth blooms are said to be different from this initial flush. Having never before grown this cultivar, I’m looking forward to watching how it behaves this season.
One of the first woody stems in the garden to burst into leaf this spring, I was relieved to see it still alive.
So imagine our delight to finally see its lovely blooms!
And, look who is keeping guard on the unopened bud, waiting to devour any little bug who might have designs on its lovely petals!
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014