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

Clematis in Seattle!

Laura

Hello, I’m Laura and I’m a clemaniac.  I love to blather on about all the varied blossom colors, flower shapes, bloom times, well, basically all aspects of the beautiful genus, clematis, The Queen of Climbers.  Every week or two I will post about what I’m doing with clematis in my Seattle garden, be it pruning, buying, planting, starting seeds, perusing online and hardcopy catalogues, studying, visiting clematis in other gardens (as well as my own), dealing with diseases, and whatever else I run into about clematis. 

 I have been growing clematis for over 20 years, first in my Boston garden where I left behind 50 clematis, and since 2005 in Seattle where I currently have 130 clematis, and counting.  I grow them everywhere—in trees and shrubs, scrambling over perennials, and on fences, trellises, and arbors.  I enjoy sharing my clematis knowledge with others and frequently present PowerPoint talks on clematis to garden clubs, nurseries, and other venues throughout Greater Seattle.  I am a member of the International Clematis Society, the British Clematis Society, and the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (in Portland, Oregon).  I was privileged to attend the 2010 and 2011 International Clematis Society Conferences in Portland and Belgium, respectively, and plan to go to the 2013 conference in Germany in June.  Doesn’t that sound like a clemaniac to you?

Hope you’ll stop by now and then and check out what I’m doing!

Here’s the lovely white Clematis Huldine showing off in my garden in July with Clematis Madame Julia Correvon as a charming backdrop.

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