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"Stained Glass" (Clematis 'Venosa violacea'), Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

"Stained Glass" (Clematis viticella 'Venosa violacea' aka Stargazer Clematis), Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

I didn’t think I’d see my Stargazer Clematis bloom this year since the vines, which typically flower in summer, were cut at the base by a critter in early June. Nothing more disappointing than seeing a thriving plant, covered in buds, suddenly wilt and die!

But knowing clematis is resilient, I made a clean cut below the chewed area and removed all the dying material. And then, I waited.

And waited. And waited.

When I noticed the two buds mid-September, I prayed the weather would hold out long enough for them to bloom. We’ve had some unseasonally cold temps, followed by unseasonably hot temps, so it could go either way.

This week, the buds opened! Yay! 🙂

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