Last year the front porch area made a demand. "This large brick wall expanse is too much to look at. Fix it". I had to agree. It was too much brick to look at. Even hubby commented on this.
Surprisingly hubby had the answer. Grow a clematis. OK but that means grow a clematis in a pot, and I kill plants in pots. So I decided to buy the most ubiquitous clematis there is in the hope that it would survive, even thrive. Welcome Clematis Jackmanii.
Without the help of more photos I can attest that Jackmanii did thrive and bloom all summer and fall. Great choice Patty! (um, thanks hubby for the input).
However, that is not the end of the story. Fall arrives, cool temperatures waft in and it is time to put the clematis in winter storage. End of November it warms up 10C or so, so out goes the clematis (and other assorted pots with plants on trial). Clematis still looks great. It is green and lush still. And it has flower buds.
Early December Jackmanii is back indoors. It is a cumbersome pot to move on your own I find. The tomato cage is not helping either. I plan to check on the clematis after Christmas to see if it needs water. When I do I find this.
He isn't the best looking Jackmanii flower I have seen. But it is amazing that the clematis continued to grow.
So, lesson learned: You can grow and flower clematis in December.
(I bet you thought I was going to mention potted plants)