He had been the sole Clematis in the garden for quite a few years, clamoring up and through a wooden railing that is part of the front veranda. He came from what was then Richlyn Nursery, what would one day become LittleTree, the same nursery where ten years later I find myself employed. His name is ‘Blue Boy.’ A 1947 cross between C.integrifolia [a personal favourite] and C. viticella by Dr. F.L Skinner in Borden, Manitoba, right here in Canada. It’s 10-20cm steel blue flowers bloom prolifically between June and September. Its mature height is between 1.5m – 2m, and whilst it is a non-climber, it looks its best clamoring through a coniferous shrub with a decidedly fabulously chartreuse hue such as Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Lemon Thread.’ At the end of the day he reigns supreme!
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