A spontaneous, plant-lust purchase from Plant Delights Nursery last spring, my little ‘Rooguchi’ clematis has finally put forth a few bell-shaped blossoms, weeks after its prolific neighbor, Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’, has finished for the season. Like a floaty, purple dress on the dance floor, the upturned petals of the nodding ‘Rooguchi’ have a romantic, ethereal quality. I’m completely charmed.
It’s too soon to call this vine one of my “Plant This” selections. Growth is slow and flowers are few. This has been a wet spring, and perhaps a dry one wouldn’t be congenial to it. So for now I reserve judgment. Happily in this case, justice isn’t blind.
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