On March 7th, I posted an entry about Clematis and how fast they shoot up in the spring. On March 7th, Clematis 'Wisley' was about halfway up its support. Here's today's picture of Clematis 'Wisley'--all the way up. Now the growing tips will either climb up the Dodonaea viscosa purpurea in the background, or cascade down the other side of the tower.
I have a few other what I call "failed" Clematis. These seem, perhaps, to dislike the lack of winter chill here. So they stay quite short, bloom very early, and then sulk until it's once again time to go dormant. But I love the blooms, few though they are, and you never know--the reluctant growers may someday decide they like mild winters after all.
'Ernest Markham', all two lovely feet of you, won't you please decide to like mild winters?
'Nelly Moser', won't you please decide you like mild winters?
Have they failed me, or have I failed them?