Courtyard queen

DAY 114 (28 JULY) – Clematis Remembrance (Farnham, Surrey)

Returning to Surrey, I find this clematis ‘Remembrance’ out-dazzling other plants in our internal courtyard. I’m sure there’s a story behind the name, but I can’t find it…

Native to China, the clematis (a surprise member of the buttercup family) reached Japanese gardens by the 17th century, and English ones by the 18th. I’m sure they are arranged more beautifully in Japan than in our laissez-faire garden…

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