Every single one I transplanted in years past had promptly died. I don't know why. Bad soil? Too much sun? Maybe it was because I didn't do the Hokey pokey and turn myself around. Whatever the problem was, all my previous Clematis died. So I transplanted this one into a large pot, surrounded it with columbine and while I hoped for luck, I didn't count on it.
The one bloom I had on the plant last year blew away with the first big thunderstorm (the hail helped, too).
|The columbine bloom survived the hailstorm - the clematis did not.|
When the cold of winter appeared, I placed the clematis in the garage to protect the container from the well-below-freezing temperatures and fed it snow every once in awhile.
In March, I brought the container out into the sunshine, looked at it's brown dead-looking stem, watered it and waited.
Imagine my excitement when I noticed the first leaves sprouting. Imagine then my ridiculous joy when I started seeing the first flower buds forming!
I couldn't shut-up about this plant!
By late April, my Clematis had grown 4 feet high and had 14 HUGE blooms on it! WOW!
I'm looking forward to seeing what this plant will do NEXT year!