I have had this clematis for about 5 years. Even though the Spring Equinox was a couple of weeks back, the blooming of this plant signals to start of Spring for me. I am just a the edge of my seat waiting for the buds to burst open. There are two shades of purple planted together and they make lovely harmony on the trellis. I have a few friends who also grow clematis and we talk about them together and show off our pictures to each other. I will be watching to see who’s bloom first. The trellis is heavy with buds and I can’t believe that the last couple days of sunshine have not produced flowers.
I can’t wait to add a picture of the first opened bloom!