MAYBE IT’S THE EXTRA-DRY YEAR that postponed its bloom cycle, but suddenly my Clematis tangutica cultivar–looking like not much but a tangle of vines and leaves for months—has gone mad with flowers. The bumblebees and I had grown impatient, but now all is forgiven.
I cannot tell the various good tangutica cultivars apart, though I think mine’s ‘Gravetye Variety,’ but it could be ‘Bill MacKenzie’ or ‘Golden Harvest.’ So much for my plant-labeling program. Want to read a profile of this lesser-grown, later-blooming clematis, whichever one it turns out to be? Certainly it’s a plant that proves the “better late than never” saying to be true.