Hi all you wonderful clematis lovers. I have a newbie question for you.
I live in north-central Massachusetts, zone 5b. I planted a small, young clematis last fall. The snow is only now disappearing, and I'm looking for new growth. But my clematis looks totally dead. The leaves and stems have died back all the way to the ground, and are not showing any signs of coming back. I do understand that this is a deciduous plant, but I'm wondering what new, emerging, spring growth looks like? Will it come straight up from the soil, or should it come from old wood, which there seems to be none of?
Thanks in advance. If anyone has any pictures of new, emerging growth, I'd love to see them.