I have had the most exquisite climbing plant in my garden for some years now. It is deciduous and during winter, the scrappy, untidy twigs that form its stems look dead and very uninteresting. But come the spring, it bursts forth into a mass of the most amazing deep purple/magenta blooms (about 12cm (5″) in diameter) that I have ever seen.
This plant really is worth growing simply for the colour of its flowers, which can vary quite a lot depending on the age of the flower. Both photos above are of the same plant! The plant is called Clematis ‘Gypsy Queen’.
To be honest, I must admit that I have a weakness for all types of Clematis plants. Only one of the few Clematis species that are native to Australia occurs near where I live and it has small very non-spectacular flowers. But the special cultivars that someone keeps developing (to tempt flower lovers like me 🙂 ) are just gorgeous. I succumbed last year and purchased a pure white variety to twine in amongst the ‘Gypsy Queen’.
I have been waiting patiently for this newcomer to flower (amidst the masses of magenta!) and had just about given up when I found this – a single bloom!
And a few days later….. a few more!
Ailsa has set a challenge to post something ‘new’ on her blog Where’s my backpack?
Well, here it is – for the first post of the New Year, and for you to also enjoy – my new white Clematis!
Happy New Year to everyone!