14 September 2009

clematis paniculata, take 2

Leave it to B to figure out how beautifully a branch of Clematis paniculata can hang on a beam inside (he tucked the cut end into a wall vase).

I had a message on my cell phone today from Alan, who stopped by this weekend to hang out with and feed the cats while we were away (thanks, Alan!). While he was in our apartment, he looked across the way and saw a beautiful large plant with white blossoms that seemed to be doing really well in a pot on someone’s terrace over on Perry Street. Had I seen this plant? Did I know what it was? I actually hadn’t noticed it before (I can’t imagine why not, because it is beautiful), and when we arrived home last night it was too late and dark for me to identify it then. However, when I opened the blinds this morning, this is what I saw: A huge, drooping mound of—mmm-hmm, that’s right—Clematis paniculata. That is one monster plant. I love it.

Alan asked whether I thought it had been growing for decades or merely a few years. I’m guessing a few years only, but I’m not so certain. I mean, this guy is huge. What do you think?

(I’m guessing Alan has designs on some C. paniculata of his own for next year.)

Addendum: Hmmmmmm, I’m looking more closely at the leaves of that balcony plant now, and I’ve decided I am way too hasty in pronouncing it C. paniculata, even though the effect it produces is very C. paniculata-y. But I honestly don’t know what it is. Any ideas?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! It looks like fall blooming clematis, but that is probably not what you are looking for. I am only familiar with the common names...