Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chanticleer's Clematis macropetala Blue Bird

Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' at Chanticleer in April
Chanticleer in Wayne, PA has many beautiful plants for its spring show: tulips, daffodils, roses and annual pots galoreClematis macropetala 'Blue Bird', though, is the only Clematis that I saw that April day. But what a beauty!


Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' climbing an iron fence by Chanticleer's waterwheel.
Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' iron scroll work.
Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird'
Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' is an early, small flowered hybrid Clematis.
Clematis macropetala is known as the "downy clematis."
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Zones 3-11 (very hardy!)
  • Grows 8 to 10 feet
  • It is a group I Clematis, which means it flowers on last year's growth. If it should outgrow its bounds, cut it down to 12 inches right after it finishes its bloom.
  • All clematis climb by wrapping their leaf stems (petioles, or wrists if their hands were leaves) around thin wires or sticks. Be sure to provide them a way to climb into larger trees or fences: add fishing line and/or sticks from the clematis to the larger support.
Plant Buying Source: Brushwood Nursery

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25 comments:

  1. That is a really lovely clematis, and such a beautiful way of growing it through the gate. Your post reminds me that all my viticellas need pruning back hard, thank you!

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    1. Glad you like it, Pauline. The gate is such a beautiful setting. Glad to help with your pruning :)
      ~Julie

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  2. Julie I agree this is gorgeous and I will be on the look out for it....love the blue.

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    1. Blue *used to be* my favorite color... and when I see plants like this one I think that it should still be my favorite color. Glad you like it Donna. Have a great weekend!
      ~Julie

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  3. Such a wonderful clematis !

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  4. She's beautiful, another one to add to the must have list this summer :)

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    1. Definitely one for the plant wish list!
      ~julie

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  5. Very gorgeous, I love the color and the shape of the petals.

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    1. I really like the small-flowered clematis... especially the hanging flowers. And 'Blue Bird' is the perfect name for this one.
      ~Julie

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  6. wow that is one seriously beautiful clematis, Julie thanks for sharing, Frances

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  7. Very beautiful, especially against the ironwork fence.

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  8. Hi this one is very pretty. I have a arbor to cover this year so might try it. If I can find it. Sheila

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    1. Sheila,
      Check the mail order source that I linked to; I just found it on Google. The sell plants for $15. Or do a search in your own area, especially of anyone who specializes in vines. There were not too many options in my area, so I was happy to find it at Brushwood Nursery, which is in Georgia.
      ~Julie

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  9. I don't recall seeing that Clematis before. It's enchanting! The color, the form, and the growth pattern are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the photos and the information about this lovely plant!

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    1. So glad to introduce you then, Beth! It is a beauty!
      ~Julie

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  10. What a lovely color. I have never seen that Clematis before. Thank you for sharing the photographs. They are just beautiful.
    Susan

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  11. I love this variety....I have never seen this one before!!! Just beautiful!!!

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  12. Yes this a beautiful early Clematis macropetala variety and it looks lovely over the green iron gate.

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  13. That one is so very pretty. I love how it drapes over that iron fence. I need to add more clematis to my garden. Love that color of blue!

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    1. Holley,
      As Christopher Lloyd says, there is never any excuse for not adding another clematis! (or nearly any vine for that matter.) Vines add vertical layers to the garden when added to trees, fences, poles, etc. Most clematis play nicely with flowering shrubs and trees too.
      Looking forward to seeing this one at your house!
      ~Julie

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  14. HI... I hope that you are planning many more posts on this topic, I.e. Chanticleer. Your photos are outstanding and such a joy to behold... Larry

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    1. Look for another Chanticleer article tomorrow morning, Larry! I jotted down a list of posts on the rest of my photo tour of Chanticleer and I hope to write nine more... whether I have time to get them done is another thing! But here is to hoping :)
      ~Julie

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  15. I find that Blue Bird layers itself a great deal here. (Ontario, Canada) This means that I have plenty of gifts for others.

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