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Planting Clematis

While going through some old VHS tapes I’m uploading to youtube, I found one in which my cousin Betty was walking around her garden and talking about what was in flower – a garden tour you might say. Betty first introduced me to gardening as a teenager with a lesson in rose pruning, she died many years ago.

At one point she highlights a clematis. I remember this clematis had a beautiful scent to it and dainty flowers. She mentions its a Clematis montana but doesn’t give the variety. Her name was Betty so the chances of it being the variety Elizabeth is very high. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this in my garden.

A quick search and five minutes later I purchased the plant Clematis montata Elizabeth. Today it arrived in the post from the supplier, Claire Austin Plants for £9.50.

Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’ planted December 21, 2017 (Winter Solstice)

Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’
I planted the climber against the picket fence by the pond, hopefully it will grow and work its way along the fence, giving a nice backdrop as it curves around the pond.

This variety is billed as:

This most attractive, free flowering, rambling plant produces lots of small, scented, softest pink flowers, which just about cover the copper tinted, mid-green leaves for weeks. Ideal for covering walls, banks, and sheds, it grows at a rapid rate and can be left untouched for many years.

Am already looking forward to smelling the scent, enjoying the colour and having Betty back in the garden.


About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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