I may get mostly bills when I go to the mailbox, but I’m also rewarded with the luscious blooms of my lavender clematis.
I’ve had a variety of colors over the years and I’ve always called the plant Cle-MA-tis, but I discovered recently that the correct pronunciation is CLEM-uh-tis. I’m not sure I can change at this point. Besides, everyone I know calls this plant Cle-MA-tis.
I don’t do much to get these blooms. I planted the vine in full sun. I mulch in the spring, water a couple of times a week, and fertilize every couple of weeks. When new growth comes out in the spring I use fishing line to tie it round the mail box for support. And, of course, I visit at least once a day when I pick up the mail.
It seems to be happy!
To learn more about growing clematis (how to feed, mulch, water, choose a planting site, and deal with stem rot), check the official website of The American Clematis Society.