|From a large pot nearby and now clothing my side garden's pergola, this Clematis brings a welcome to my garden|
My new clematis on the blog C. urophylla 'Winter Beauty' has bucked the Sleep Creep Leap trend by flowering within a mere 18 months instead of 3 years. I love its white simplicity and vigorous growth.
The flowers are quite small (like most at this time of the year - see this Garden Bloggers' Muse Day offering), but they're still welcome. Who can resist those cheekily upturned petals? The flowers are reputed to be scented - I need a few more blooms before I can confirm that. The evergreen leaves resemble those of Clematis armandii, though I'm having more success with 'Winter Beauty' than the latter, as I've managed to kill two of them already.
Most of the flowers dropped off before I could photograph them, which makes me wonder whether the catalogue blurb "Plant Clematis 'Winter Beauty' against a warm house wall so that you can appreciate its winter flowers from your window. This sought after variety will appreciate a sheltered site with some winter protection", means my chosen site is not quite protected enough.
However, these latest flowers are still going strong after the past few days of cold weather and a sprinkling of snow. In time, I hope this clematis will prove a good alternative winter white.
Garden Bloggers' Muse Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Update 17/2: We've had ding-dong temperatures and some quite long dry spells this winter, so this tweet from Gardeners' Question Time today may point to the reason for my fallen flowers rather than my speculation re its site, especially as mine is in a pot. Great choice of clematis featured in the photo!