Clematis of the Month–June

Clematis Etoile Violette and Clematis Betty Corning in my Plum Tree

Clematis Etoile Violette and Clematis Betty Corning in my Plum Tree

The best clematis in my garden for the month of June is, hands down, a beautiful pairing–Clematis Etoile Violette and Clematis Betty Corning cavorting together in my plum tree.  The rich dark purple open blooms are Clematis Etoile Violette.  Clematis Betty Corning is the pale bell, which is delightfully fragrant to boot.

Today I head off to Germany for the annual conference of the International Clematis Society.  I’ll be seeing scads of beautiful clematis and hope to post from there, so be on the lookout for clematis news from Germany.

Below are a few more of the lovely clematis blooming in my garden today.

Dainty Clematis Odoriba

Dainty Clematis Odoriba

Dark and sultry Clematis Negrityanka

Dark and sultry Clematis Negrityanka

Clematis Caroline

Clematis Caroline

The floriferous and ever-beautiful Clematis Madame Julia Correvon

The floriferous and ever-beautiful Clematis Madame Julia Correvon

Clematis Bijou as a groundcover

Clematis Bijou as a groundcover

Clemitis Kiri Te Kanawa -- only planted about two months ago!

Clemitis Kiri Te Kanawa — only planted about two months ago!

Clematis Josephine, still going strong

Clematis Josephine, still going strong

First bloom on my new Clematis Crispa

First bloom on my new Clematis Crispa

Clematis Beauty of Worcester

Clematis Beauty of Worcester

Ordering Clematis: Joy Creek Nursery

A Gloomy February Day in Seattle

A Gloomy February Day in Seattle

Weather here in Seattle has continued gray and drab, though day-length is noticably getting longer.  Take a look at the photo I just took from the back deck!   Gloom and doom.  Days like this are best spent armchair gardening (reading gardening books and seed catalogues) or computer gardening (surfing the net for garden ideas or plants to buy).

Personally, I opted to drool over my favorite online mail-order nurseries, especially those that carry oodles of clematis.  I zeroed in on Joy Creek Nursery

Maurice Horn, co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, is very knowledgable about clematis.  I once had the privilege of hearing him give a fascinating talk about the history of how clematis came into the horticultural world from the wild, including stories of some of the characters who hunted plants and brought them to Europe, and how some of the first hybrids, like Clematis Jackmanii, came into being.  As a result of strong connections to current Japanese clematis hybridizers, Maurice has access to many unusual and beautiful clematis, including little beauties with small bell-shaped flowers.

Joy Creek Nursery

Joy Creek Nursery

One HUGE advantage of Joy Creek Nursery over some of the other mail-order nurseries is that one can actually go there in person as well as order online or via telephone.  The nursery, which  is open seven days a week from March through October, sells hordes of plants and has truly fabulous display gardens where visitors can see how plants grow and combine with each other, including many clematis.  Joy Creek also runs a Sunday lecture series throughout the summer.  They are located in Scapoose, Oregon, on the Columbia River north of Portland. (Photo from Joy Creek Nursery.)

But back to my mail ordering.  The many plants I’ve gotten from Joy Creek over the years, whether mail-ordered or purchased in person, have always grown healthy, strong, and beautiful.  Below are photos of two, Clematis Bijou (a ground cover clematis from British hybridizer Raymond Evison) and Clematis Shizuki (one of the Japanese hybrids with a blue-violet bell crisply outlined in white that blooms all summer in a pot on my deck).   This year, I ordered two more clematis from Joy Creek Nursery–Clematis Kahori no Kimi and Clematis Princess Red.  Both have flowers in the form of pinkish-red nodding bells, and Kahori no Kimi is said to have the additional enhancement of a citris scent.  I notice Princess Red no longer shows up on their website.  Yikes!  I hope they didn’t run out before they put my order through! 

Clematis Shizuki

Clematis Shizuki

Clematis Bijou, a ground-cover clematis

Clematis Bijou, a ground-cover clematis

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