All within a few days the clematis have burst forth.  A delicate pale yellow bloom with a yellow center, this lemon chiffon clematis has climbed up the trellis and  bloomed all at once.  The cooler temperatures and bright sunshine of the past week coaxed the buds to open in profusion.  Soon the other clematis will follow, but it will be hard to top the beauty and fullness of this one.

Lemon chiffon clematis_13215 StaatsLike the anticipation of spring, the same is true of the clematis bloom.  They grow in spurts as the weather warms, the buds form, and they burst into bloom almost over night.  The anticipation is part of the joy, because their bloom doesn’t last long.  The heat, the wind, the rain – any of those will take the delicate petals off the vine.  This Lemon Chiffon clematis bloomed this past week with a plethora of blossoms and a light scent that filled the air.  Within the week, the rain and wind took the blossoms, scattering them on the ground.  Like so many things, their beauty is short but is meant to be appreciated even more because of that.

We have had an unusually wet spring with over nine inches of rain during the month of May alone.  Although that has been a challenge in trying to schedule training miles for our upcoming bicycle ride,  one of the wonderful benefits of all the moisture is that our vegetation and yards are gorgeously green and verdant.  We’re fortunate to have a large variety of clematis gracing our yard, and this has to be one of the very best years to enjoy their beautiful blooms.  Our Kilian Donahue clematis is in full bloom – lush with blossoms.  The blooms of this particular clematis actually change colors from a light pink to a deep fuchsia to a pale lavender.  It is a treat to be in the yard and see all the clematis colors, from the pinks to the purples, the reds, the whites, and the palest of lavenders.

40044It is a beautiful time of year right now — our garden is in full bloom.  I try to walk through the gardens each morning, allowing myself to observe the changes in the flowers and plants and to marvel at the new ones that have just bloomed.  Our roses have burst into bloom, the hydrangeas are coming along, the lilies are budded, but right now it’s the clematis that are stealing the show.  We have over a dozen different varieties, and each is unique in its sun & shade requirements, its bloom time, its size, and its color.  This photo is of one of the newer clematis – silver moon.  It’s bloom is large, soft, and of the palest color – almost as if whispering the shades and hues of its petals.  With a garden in full bloom it’s easy to overlook the cold and snow that Mother Nature sends to us in winter — this makes the wait all the more worthwhile.