Clematis Montana

_DS83963When you move house you inherit much more than a building, you also inherit a garden and all that is within it. We moved house in late November when Autumn was well advanced and most of the plants and shrubs in the garden had died back, shed their leaves, or been pruned. It was difficult to know, or visualise what the garden would look like when Spring arrived.

In March I plucked up the courage to tackle a much neglected Clematis just outside the back door of the house. Tackle is probably the right word. It must have been years since this climber had been pruned – it resembled a tangle of spaghetti. Old dead wood predominated and suffocated the newish growth that was struggling into life. It took me two days of slow deliberate work to cut out the old and tease out and disentangle the newer growth which at one point draped the ground in long slender tendrils. These I re-attached to the trellis, (being as careful as I could not to damage the early signs of life), crossed my fingers and waited.

_DS83970And to my great surprise and delight we have a beautiful flowering Clematis Montana. A joy to the eyes as the buds have swelled, and now one by one they are opening out into delicate pink flowers.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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8 Responses to Clematis Montana

  1. oneowner says:

    Your work has paid off. And you’ll get additional photo ops for years to come.

    • LensScaper says:

      I was pleased to discover that I hadn’t managed to kill it. The tendrils are growing at a phenomenal pace so clearly it is determined to keep me busy.

  2. shoreacres says:

    This is a beauty. I checked the USDA distribution maps, and found your clematis doesn’t live here — not even as an introduced plant. It may be available through nurseries, of course. It certainly paid off all your hard work, and the photos show it to wonderful advantage. I particularly like the second, because of the unusual color combination between the flower and the brick.

    • LensScaper says:

      I like that second shot too, Linda. I couldn’t get level with those flowers very easily with the camera so the angle of view was unusual. I counted the flowers this morning and now there are more than twenty in bloom and many more yet to flower.

  3. Chillbrook says:

    Well done on your pruning Andy, it’s certainly paid off. The photographs are lovely!

  4. Lisa Gordon says:

    What a beauty this is!
    Such a wonderful color.

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