I have an evergreen Clematis which is quite rampant. It has spiky dark green leaves and flowers in the middle of winter. The flowers look as if they are made of paper and are very fragile and white. The inside of the petals are streaked with purple. I have been growing this plant for the last five years at least and have only ever seen the flowers in full bloom. Probably because it is winter and cold and I’m not wandering around the garden in the same way as I do in the summer. However today I saw a bud, a full flower and a rather wind battered flower, that, having been caught on a stem was showing it’s inside colouring quite blatantly.
The petals truly are like paper, very thin and fragile but with the gorgeous inner colouring. The second picture doesn’t really do it justice having been mutilated in the wind and caught on the stem, but you can see what I mean! And how strange that it should flower now. Well out of season.
I have no idea what this plant is called. I have several clematis and I don’t think I know the names of any of them. One is like apple blossom; one has large pink flowers and the third one has lacy frilly leaves but has never flowered! I rather think people have given them to me and that is why they are nameless! But they all ramble and climb well! Too well!