I promised a blogger-friend that I’d post pictures of clematis in bloom.
But the gosh-darn rabbits ate almost every clematis right down to the ground last winter and spring, so I didn’t know what would come back and what was a goner. We had a few casualties, indeed. We lost the gorgeous white clematis. And the beautiful pink one that graces the arbour on the cover of my book, A Good Home. But there’s much to be thankful for. Now, it’s not all smooth sailing. A few are really struggling, and insects have also attacked them. But the point is that they returned. And others came back in full force. This shy little red clematis decided to spread its wings — er, vines. This one below escaped the rabbits and is full of blooms now. Now, don’t go asking me all their names. Some days, I don’t even remember my own….. But I hope you are suitably impressed – I know I am! Several of these vines were bought for a few bucks at end of gardening seasons in years past, and planted by my Better Half.
I’m especially impressed with this bloom below- usually the first to flower, this clematis missed its moment because the rabbits ate the whole vine and it had to start up again from its roots underground.
Dedicated to late bloomers and other survivors.