Monday, May 21, 2012

Clematis 'Nelly Moser' near the Circle Lawn

Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' (sometimes spelled Clematis 'Nellie Moser') is blooming profusely this week in our Pennsylvania garden. I thought I would share a few of the photos of this Clematis, which is quite common but still a beauty.  

Clematis 'Nelly Moser' is hardy from zones 4-11, blooms in June and sometimes a re-bloom in August. It flowers on old wood, so do not prune it in the springtime like I did last year. (oh, well... live and learn.) Like all Clematis, it is happiest with its feet in the shade and its head in the sun. This one tops off its growth at 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 foot wide, making it ideal for a large sized trellis.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser'. Clematis 'Nelly Moser'. This trellis is free standing along the edge of our Circle Lawn. This view looking to our Shade Path Garden with a foam of blue forget-me-nots.
This trellis is free standing along the edge of our Circle Lawn. This view looking to our Shade Path Garden with a foam of blue forget-me-nots.


The blooms of Clematis 'Nelly Moser' begin mostly pink.
The blooms of Clematis 'Nelly Moser' begin mostly pink.
I like to shield the root balls of my Clematis. Clematis 'Nellie Moser' is shaded by Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' and an arbor vitae ball to one side.
I like to shield the root balls of my Clematis. Clematis 'Nellie Moser' is shaded by Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' and an arbor vitae ball to one side.
Clematis 'Nellie Moser' on trellis with blue forget-me-nots underneath.
Clematis 'Nellie Moser' on trellis with blue forget-me-nots underneath.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' whitens as it ages.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' whitens as it ages.
Close-up of Clematis 'Nelly Moser'.
Close-up of Clematis 'Nelly Moser'.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' in a spring sunset. One of the advantages to a free standing trellis is that the sun illuminates the petals in the evening.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' in a spring sunset. One of the advantages to a free standing trellis is that the sun illuminates the petals in the evening.
Thank you to commenter Marie who help to identify this Clematis for me! Be sure to see GBBD May for what else is blooming at Gilmore Gardens this week.

8 comments:

  1. Just lovely. I am still awaiting my clematis to open...it is getting late and they have hundreds of fat buds, but they have not opened. I am hopeful for this week to have a profusion of blooms...love Nelly!

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  2. That variety is very striking with its dark center bar. Interesting to see the photos of how it changes color over time! I have only two small clematis just planted this spring - probably will have to wait till next year to see them bloom. Nice to be able to enjoy yours in the meantime!

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  3. Lovely Nellie, sometimes the old ones are the best! She looks very beautiful in your garden with all the forget me nots at her feet. Hopefully our Clematis will be opening soon now that the sun has decided to come back!

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  4. I have Clematis envy! I have just purchase three varieties this spring. I can't wait until they have filled in like yours and are covered with blooms.

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    1. Karen,
      They are worth the wait! I have had trouble getting mine established. But once I find enough shade for their roots, they take off. Hope yours are blooming next year!
      Julie

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! And you captured it in the perfect light! Unfortunately I pruned mine too severely and couple of years back, and I'm having a difficult time nursing it back to health. It doesn't get much sun--especially after the Oak trees leaf out.

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  6. Really beautiful photos of a beautiful clematis. Nelly doesn't do all that well in my climate, looks wonderful in yours.

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  7. Your beautiful pictures have me wondering if my clematis, which is just now fading, is a Nelly Moser. (Mine is not blooming quite as extravagantly as yours, but it's having its best year ever!) I planted it 5 or 6 years ago, and failed to write it down! I keep her roots pretty well covered with leaf mulch, and let the mint grow rampant around the base. There's a second clematis, whose name I've also forgotten, on the trellis with it. What I do remember is that one blooms on old wood, while the other blooms on new, and I never remember which is which! Clematis-specific memory loss?

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