Clematis armandii and the horrid winter of 2017

I despaired when my Clematis armandii fell off the pergola this winter and landed in a tangled frozen mess onto the deck for 3+ weeks.  I waited for a titch of a thaw and then ever so gently tried to maneuver it back up onto the pergola. Not good!  But I managed to get it propped at least and once everything thawed I bungy-ed it back up to the pergola and let a few vines cascade over the Magnolia Stellata. But I had very little hope. But…a wafting scent is lingering over the pergola these days…lots of deader than dead leaves, but a few flowers and some virile new shoots!!!  It lives!!  Hallelujah.

Now I wish I’d taken a photo of the massive vine frozen to the deck….but here’s a mass of dead and fallen leaves from the last few weeks.
At least, I reasoned, the death has gone to good use. Our resident robin saw fit to include a memory of the vine cascading in death down her 2017 nest.
But….lo and behold…I must admit I saw the budding before I caught the scent. Usually the scent alerts me to the fact it’s blooming, but this year I’ve been checking and checking and checking. And suddenly….buds….and now blooms….and delicious delicious scent. Hallelujah!
And more!
And even more!! Happy dance!
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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