Oh how I love clematis vines! This time of year, they all seem to be at their peak, and I can't get enough of them. I have them all along my vinyl fence, in between the apple-pear trees, just to soften the fence a bit.
This is the one that is climbing the metal "climbing stakes" that Bob made and attached to the vinyl fence. This particular clematis is a show-off. Last year for Lindsay's wedding reception, this one was blooming in all her glory, and seemed to want to steal the show. As everyone walked into the yard, the first thing they saw was this vine, covered in hundreds of gorgeous purple blooms.