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As a comment about Clematis (Clematis Blue Light™), BookerC1 wrote:

This clematis produces quite large sky-blue blossoms. They may appear to be single blossoms when they initially open, but they then continue to open over a long period of time, until the same bloom is nearly a pom-pom. You may also experience double blooms on the first flush of blooms, and then later a second set of blooms that remain single.

This clematis took a bit longer to get established than some, growing slowly and only producing a few blooms the first couple of years. They appreciate some shade at their base (head in the sun, feet in the shade), if you can plant a low clumping plant at the base.

This is a really spectacular clematis, and well worth the patience it takes to reach that first year of really heavy bloom!

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Njiris
Jun 7, 2015 9:27 PM CST
I have never had much results with clematis until this year, and all of that success rests with "Blue Light". Have a few unnamed cultivars that are hanging on but not doing much.
Last summer I saw someone's mailbox with a trellis in back covered with a wall of clematis flowers. It just blew me away.
Late in the season a local nursery had a close-out on clematis plants. I picked up several Blue Lights and they have been just amazing this, their first year. Can't speak highly enough. And their double flowers last much longer than any of the single flowers on my other plants. Highly recommended.

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Njiris
Jun 7, 2015 9:31 PM CST

Thumb of 2015-06-08/Njiris/228e68

Photo illustrates emerging bud, freshly opened flowers as well as 2 1/2 week old flower.

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