My specie clematis

geoffhandley(Shropshire, UK)October 20, 2005

I photographed this in my garden where it rampages over a wooden fence, nearby conifer hedge and adjacent garden furniture if given a chance. It is Clematis rehderiana. Every spring I hack it right down to stop it taking over the garden. I grew the plant from seed that I obtained from Ness botanic gardens. This week i saw the plant that must have been the seed source. That plant was a straggly thing trained on wires on a warm terrace where they keep all the delicate climbers. The flowers could be counted in dozens. The flowers on my plant are in the thousands. I wonder if I can get viable seed? They are predicting a cold winter this year and if it is delicate?

Oh and in my garden it has a most delicate and sweet fragrance.

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Joyce(Zone 7b LI, NY)

Mine is blooming like crazy too, and was sold to me as a tiny 2" potted plant this spring labeled Clematis rehderiana 'Temple Bells'
You are right, it smells wonderful!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2005 at 12:22AM
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Nushka_IA(4b IA)

The Clematis forum has a thread on collecting seed; in brief, my impression is that, on the one hand, green seed may sometimes be viable and, on the other hand, a little frost doesn't hurt.

What beautiful photos!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2005 at 5:13PM
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suzannie41(PA-Zn 6)

Geoff, That is one beautiful Clematis. I wonder if you could share some seeds if you are able to harvest any? Thanks for posting the photo, though.

suz

    Bookmark   October 27, 2005 at 6:05PM
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