Those of you who remember the Carolina Trumpet Vine

And my love-hate relationship with her

Will know what to expect

From my latest love


I was fascinated by the images of

Lemony Shots’ Clematis

So, when I saw this lovely at the garden center

I brought her home

The Clematis will live in a large pot

Since the garden is too shady for her liking

Oh, by the way…

Miss Trumpet has returned!


She is racing up the pergola

With a vengeance!


44 Comments on “Clematis

  1. Oh flowers, …….. our Victoria day weekend is approaching and there are predictions of snow/snow showers in the next couple of days. Normally the weekend really marks the beginning gardening & camping season, especially in Northern Ontario. A hard winter followed by a dlayed Spring. Keep posting warm colourful photos George – it will help prevent my nervous system from congealing . 😀


    • Good grief! You posted this on May 15. It’s May 20 today. Just five days ago, it was going to SNOW?? Now, Joseph, you really do have to move south. That weather just will not do. What if the power goes out? What if you fall on the ice when you’re an old dude? You can camp out in my house until you find better accommodations. I have two bedrooms and two bathrooms unoccupied. Chuckle… I am serious. You should spend the winters with me. 🙂


  2. The first shot is exquisite! What a gorgeous hue! Happy the trumpet is returning. Are Mr & Mrs Anole still around? 🙂


    • Thank you, Madhu. I saw a bunch of Mr. Anole’s kids earlier this spring. I haven’t seen him lately, but I’m certain he’s around. He always comes out when the weather warms. The Trumpet vine is growing like crazy up the sides of the pergola, so he’ll be hanging out there all summer. I’m glad you like the Clematis photo. I liked it too. 🙂 This Clematis is oddly ruffled and such a deep color. Thanks for stopping in to visit!


    • Thank you, Celestine. Where exactly do you live? Ghana, I know, or I think I know that. Sometimes, these days, I forget. Sigh… It seems that you live right down the street when I read your poetry or book reviews. I haven’t seen a book review in a long time. Do you still write them? Thanks for always stopping by to visit me. I appreciate that, Celestine. 🙂


    • Ah, thanks, Adrian. I am having a terrible time with WP. I cannot comment or click “like” on many blogs. I get a pop-up saying “comment cannot be posted” and a security-looking one that won’t let me :like” anything. I lodged a complaint, but I haven’t gotten a response yet. When I do, I’ll be around to tell you about it! Chuckle… 🙂


    • You know, I always thought the clematis was delicate, but Elisa says they are incredibly resilient. It’s supposed to grow in a container in my climate zone. I hope it will since I love its blossoms. Thanks for stopping by, Christine. Oh, I got a lotus! I’m hoping it will grow in the container. 🙂


  3. Well, good for Miss Carolina Trumpet! Your pic of her, reminds me of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The Clematis is absolutely exquisite and I’m sure that she will thrive under your watchful eye, George. 🙂


    • Hi, Sylvia. I was afraid the Trumpet was a goner, but Romero assured me she would thrive if he cut her back. And, he was right, I reckon, since she is growing by leaps up the pergola! I like the Clematis blossoms, and I hope it will grow here. It’s supposed to grow in this zone and in a container. I reckon we’ll find out! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


    • Thanks, Charlene. I like her color. I always wanted a Clematis, but thought they were fragile and wouldn’t grow here. This one is supposed to live in my climate zone and in a container, so we’ll find out! 🙂


    • Thank you, Shimon. I always liked the Clematis too, but I thought it wouldn’t grow here. This one is supposed to live here and do well in a container. I suppose we’ll find out if it does. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


  4. “Time and the bell have buried the day,
    The black cloud carries the sun away.
    Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis
    Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray
    Clutch and cling?

    Fingers of yew be curled
    Down on us? After the kingfisher’s wing
    Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still
    At the still point of the turning world.” – T.S. Eliot (“Burnt Norton”)


    • Thank you, Richard. I love the Clematis vines and their blossoms. I hope it will like the container and grow! The blossoms are a deep blue, almost purple color that I like. As you know, color is my thing! 🙂


  5. Clematis are not only beautiful but incredibly resilient. This shade of purple is my favorite color in the garden. Love it!


    • Hi, Elisa! I didn’t think they would grow here, but the info says it will grow fine and will do well in a container. I always thought they were fragile. This one certainly doesn’t look fragile. I hope it will survive! I like that color too. Thanks for stopping by, Elisa!


    • Thank you, Ray. I always wanted a clematis, but didn’t think they’d grow here. This one is supposed to live in a container in this zone, so I hope it will do well.


    • Thanks, Colline. I love the blossoms, and I hope it will do well in a container. It is supposed to be fine. We’ll find out, I reckon! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  6. These are gorgeous pictures of the clematis. I love the color. I’ll be interested in how it grows there; I’ve never had one but I think they’re beautiful.


    • Thanks, Linda. There are Texas varieties of Clematis, but I didn’t like any of the blossoms. This one is supposed to do well in a container. We’ll see. The vine is hardy in your zone too. It dies back in the winter, of course.


  7. Ahhh, she’s stunning, your clematis. All those wonderful layers. Marvelous color. Beautifully captured, too, George. There is something so sturdy about these blossoms, bolstered by such substantial frill. Oh, and I’ve been anticipating the return of the Trumpet. I knew she’d rise again. 🙂


    • Yes, they are sturdy blossoms. Somehow, I expected them to be fragile. I guess, from seeing your images of the white clematis. There are many kinds of these vines. There are even Texas ones, but none of them are very pretty, at least to me. The frill keeps opening from the center until the whole blossom looks a bit like a chrysanthemum. Romero said the Trumpet would come back. 🙂 Thanks, Lemony!


    • Thank you, Foodie. 😉 I hope the Clematis is able to grow here. I have no idea. That’s interesting about the Trumpet. I can imagine it does have to be dug out very deeply because it produces such huge runners. Some are at least an inch or an inch and a half in diameter. This is a Carolina Trumpet. It produces much larger runners than the regular Trumpet that I had at the old house. And it is highly invasive. Romero complains bitterly about having to control its spreading everywhere! Thanks for stopping by and for the information! 🙂


      • You are welcome! Find a clematis you really love and you can propagate it by cuttings or seeds. Good luck of trumpet vine root removal. 🙂



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