Continuing a look around the garden over the first half of May, I keep coming back to this Clematis ‘Niobe’. It was purchased in April 2015 at Southern States in Carrboro, a favorite local plant nursery since I’ve been gardening.
I go through periods of wanting an all-red or all-white and certainly an all-blue border. They never materialize as I imagine but a few of the plants such as this one end up becoming stars. This is a great shade of red.
The clematis has been waiting in the wings, caught up in the nightmarish aster that has been overwhelming my iris border. Most of last year I couldn’t even get through easily to the back fence where this clematis lives to check on it. This year the aster has been pulled out twice and still is revving its engines, sending out new runners underground. (Its leaves are visible in the lower right portion of the image above.) I am determined to keep working to be rid of that aster.
Meanwhile Clematis ‘Niobe’ is visible this May and looking lovely. It began opening around April 10.