GBBD: Clematis Surprise
I declare the clematis season is open with today's surprise discovery of my Clematis 'Frances Rivis' at the bottom of the garden. It's a surprise because I cut it back hard late last year when I was tidying up that part of the garden and I thought I'd sacrificed the spring display in the process.
It shows what a tough clematis this is despite its delicate good looks. This is no doubt due to its mountainous heritage and it thoroughly deserves its alpina species name. The Clematis genus name is appropriate too as this comes from the Greek meaning climbing plant.
C. 'Frances Rivis' is one of my favourites of the many I have here at VP Gardens. It's an older clematis, dating back to around 1900 and is named after the Suffolk gardener who raised it from seed. Elsewhere in the garden there are lots of fat buds showing promise of a wonderful clematis season this year. Thank goodness when I cut back those Darling Buds of March, I did no harm and I now have the darling buds of May.
How's your garden faring this month?
Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.