Congratulations, Clematis 'Rooguchi'

Congratultions, Clematis 'Rooguchi' for being brave enough to bloom after I so neglected you.

I take it that these two beautiful blooms are a thank you gift to me for finally getting rid of the weeds around you and putting down a nice layer of pine bark mulch. If it is, I thank you!

But it is I who should apologize for the lapse in the first place. I am mending my ways one bag of mulch at a time, one section of the garden at a time.

'Rooguchi', you encourage me to continue my efforts, to discover what might lie beneath those big floppy Ox-eye and Marguerite daisies that I am ripping out instead of cutting back, along with the weeds that think my garden is a good place to settle down in and put down some roots.

I hope that each year as you grow larger I'll see more of these exquisite bell-shaped purple blooms in my garden. I'm sure I will.

You've proven so far to be quite easy to care for, basically requiring no care at all other than a little encouragement to climb up the obelisk I provided for you. I will remember for best bloom to cut you back to about a foot or so in late winter. I promise!

And I'll always remember that it was Kim at A Study in Contrast who featured you in one of her Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, introducing us last July. The minute I saw you, 'Rooguchi', I had to have you in my garden, too.

I wonder what beautiful flower I'll discover in the next round of bloom day posts on July 15th?

Comments

  1. Rooguchi is similar to my C. pitcheri, which is supposed to be a native to Texas. I love those delicate blooms. Mine is planted right by the garden gate so I can enjoy it as I travel in and out of the garden.

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  2. It's always satisfying to put the garden to rights.

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  3. I am sure Roo
    is proud of you
    for the work you do
    to make it feel like new.

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  4. We'll make a Clematis collector out of you yet! Next spring, give it a little Rose fertilizer then stand back & watch the show.

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  5. Shoot, Carol! I didn't have to wait until GBBD to find a beautiful flower I need to have! I believe in love at first sight, and Clematis"Rooguchi" has suddenly leaped to the top of the "Must have" list!

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