Why Clematis Wilt Will Make You Cry. . .

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

For the first time ever, my two clematis vines filled the trellis and draped across it perfectly.
I was breathless with anticipation.
In my mind a garden just isn't a garden until it is dripping with vines.
This was the year that it was finally beginning. . .

But wait.

What's this?

Hmmmm. What happened here? I wonder if that wind storm broke a few stems??

Or, maybe somewhat more than a few??

Hang on. . . that can't be. . .

No, no, no, noooo . . .

Clematis wilt!

That nasty fungus loves damp, humid weather and the gorgeous, large flowered clematis varieties.

 This went from start to finish in just under two weeks.

 All the damaged stems need to be removed without breaking healthy stems or the spores that live on the leaves could affect those as well.

I would go from two lovely vines to none if that happened.

So I left it.

I left it and left it, until one day I couldn't leave it anymore. . .
Thankfully the removal went well and the remaining clematis is doing fine.

I'm thinking I might try a climbing rose there next year instead. Something with scent would be lovely. . .

That's one of  things I love about gardening. . .

There's always next year!

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