traveller's joy, vine, Armand clematis, winter blooming evergreen clematis armandii snowflake garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest

Winter Blooming Evergreen Clematis

It starts as early as January, with just a single bloom and a few buds.

traveller's joy, vine, Armand clematis, winter blooming evergreen clematis armandii snowflake garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Such promise!
The darkening days of autumn are over.
The solstice has passed.
Winter is inching toward a brighter spring. 🙂  It’s an excellent time to celebrate evergreen Clematis in the Pacific Northwest.

Clematis armandi has a tough evergreen leaf that our local deer ignore – even in winter when grazing choices are limited.

traveller's joy, vine, Armand clematis, winter blooming evergreen clematis armandii snowflake garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

This clematis is poisonous to people, so maybe that extends to ungulates, too? The vine likes to be at the top of whatever it’s climbing, so there’s little left within reach of deer’s attention anyway.  The show is up in the air.

The foaming white flowers that cover the weeping vines through February & March certainly catch my attention.

traveller's joy, vine, Armand clematis, winter blooming evergreen clematis armandii snowflake garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

It’s a choice vine to situate so that you see it from your winter vantage points inside the home. Wouldn’t it make a lovely focal point while sipping your morning brew?  This particular behemoth hides a 6-foot tall chain-link fence dividing a block of offices from a parking lot.  It’s a good thing that the fence is sturdy.

traveller's joy, vine, Armand clematis, winter blooming evergreen clematis armandii snowflake garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Evergreen Clematis’ clinging tendrils can find purchase in small cracks of walls & even shingles.  That’s why it’s most often welcome climbing pergolas & fences rather than homes.

By mid-May, the winter show will be over.  It’ll be time to give the heavy climber a proper pruning before it overwhelms the world.  Until then, I’m just enjoying the view.

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