I know .. this is some what a 'fishing" post .. I'm sorry about that .. I just SO NEED a diversion from all of the raccoon craziness and now poor Emmie and her lusting that came way too early and took us totally by surprise .. she gives proper love bites i can tell you .. talk about hickeys from a little cat in heat ?
OK .. beyond all that silliness. This is Franziska Maria clematis. One of my spectacular bargains from last year closing garden center finds ! I don't usually go for such frilly clematis .. I like the almost species appearance with simple petals and forthright colours.
BUT .. due to the I can't believe it cost $2.00 .. how could any gardener turn this down ? .. and yes .. lighting makes a huge difference in its colour .. it is in morning light afternoon shade and blooming so gorgeously I can hardly believe it survived me slamming it into the ground with very little preparation or care ... Guilty feelings flared when I saw it actually grow and form flower buds. It is supposed to be very hardy and not a tall grower .. which is perfect for where it is. I would love to hear from other gardeners that might have this one too ?