Each spring I look forward to the amazing clematis blooms that open in late April and early May. For weeks now I have been watching the growth of the vines, then the formation of small buds. With each passing day the buds become bigger and more swollen, foreshadowing amazing blooms of different colors.
I planted clematis seedlings two years ago around the trellis on my patio. They started out small with a few blooms, but now that this is their third season, their blooms have multiplied dramatically. Some are all magenta and some are white with pink stripes. A third plant has lavender blooms. Since the blooms are so big and colorful, almost regal in their beauty, I think of clematis as the Queen of the Garden.
As I look at the top of the trellis I see the blooms are up there too. The plants are climbing and spreading, which in this case, is a good thing! I have endured other spreading plants, such as mint, that can take over a garden and yard. So I am careful about which spreading plants I let into my yard.
More clematis buds have yet to open, so this colorful display will last well into the month of May.