The love/hate relationship with Clematis armandii is in the love phase right now. It’s at its prettiest as the buds are opening.
The way it drapes over the front deck cloaks our ordinary house in an aura of romance.
Loking out, the light catches the cascading blossoms.
Coming into the house, the clouds of blossoms engulf you in a subtle, sweet scent.
So what, you may be wondering, could possibly evoke the “hate” part of this relationship? Well, the detritus left behind once the show is over might be enough, but there’s also the fact that the vines get to looking pretty ratty from time to time and this heavenly show is not necessarily a predictably annual occurance. Never mind. As things stand, all is forgiven and Clematis armandii stands as the clear favorite in the garden right now.