Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Last year we bought a scrubby little vine from the hardware store and planted it out on the roof terrace. It didn't do much except lose it's leaves in the fall. I thought it was dead, but left it just in case, since we had no idea what kind of plant it was. This spring it came back and grew all over the fire escape. Turns out it is clematis, and it is one of my new favorite plants.

Ours has bloomed three separate times this season, and the flowers are simple and beautiful.

Clematis has been cultivated in European gardens since the 16th century, and there are species native to places literally all over the world, from China to New Zealand to South America. This is a hardy, prolific plant.

Find out more about clematis here, here and here.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so impressed by (even your effortless) gardening. I just met the woman who runs this place the other night: www.chalkhillclematis.com.

    I think we should visit.