Sunday, August 7, 2011

The plant that started it all

I've always liked flowers.  I had a little garden patch of my own when I was a kid.  As an adult, I usually liked to put out some flowers in spring and fall as well as throw out some bulbs.  I was a fair-weather sociable gardener.  What changed me into the plant addict that I now am?  Why am I now known as the crazy neighbor who gardens in the high heat of a North Carolina summer afternoon?  (That's when the toddler naps.)

The clematis Rooguchi.

I was looking at some gardening website online when I saw it's picture and determined that I had to have it.  Sometimes spelled 'Roguchi', it is a scrambler as opposed to a climber and blooms pretty much nonstop all summer.  For me it dies to the ground every winter, so I don't have to worry about what pruning group it is in.  Here is a picture a lot like the one I saw that fateful day:

I have it scrambling up an obelisk to give it support.  It gets morning sun and afternoon shade, and the roots are well mulched as well.  I don't give it much supplementary water now that it is established.

Here is it now, still with quite a few blooms and many little white fluffy seed pods.  It will grow to a height of about 6 to 8 feet.  I think I may need a bigger obelisk!

The blooms are only an inch or two long, so it is definitely better placed close to a path so one can see it up close and admire the delicateness and grace of the beautiful flowers.
Beautiful.

1 comment:

  1. The delicate shape of this clematis is particularly charming. It is truly lovely and has inspired me to not only try my hand at growing Rooguchi but to also investigate others that would enhance my landscape.

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