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“Reflection” (Clematis viticella ‘Betty Corning’) Nikon D300, 200-400mm, 400mm, F/10, 1/50s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

Some clematis blooms are large and showy. Others, like the variety ‘Betty Corning’, are small and delicate.

But don’t let small fool you….this clematis vine is a strong climber and prolific bloomer! Despite being cut back severely every spring, by the end of June, it has completely engulfed my copper trellis with hundreds of bell-shaped, nodding flowers, and will continue to produce blooms all summer long.

Teardrop buds open first as narrow bells which then widen and flare to reveal ruffled edges.

Blossom colors range from the palest lavendar to a mauvy-violet and their slight, sweet fragrance attracts butterflies.

A longtime favorite in my garden, ‘Betty’ is one small powerhouse that delivers BIG!

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