One of the things about walking close to home is you see new things – this beautiful, white clematis, for example, growing almost in a heart shape around the entrance to a stone-built terraced house. Many a wedding venue would love to have a photo op like this!
I dashed across the street to take a closer look and was amazed by its perfection. Every bloom looked silky, uniformly open. Together they were smothering the whole plant, with only a few leaves and stick-like woody bits showing at the base.
Suddenly suspicious, I started to question whether I was (silently) going into raptures over a fake, fabric plant, hung to brighten up the doorway.
A close look reveals one bud lagging behind its sisters, and signs of the odd flower going past its prime, but at the time I was almost convinced it wasn’t real. Some scruple prevented me grabbing hold of a petal to check.
Spotting a family enjoying some sun across the street, I called over and made enquiries of them. They assured me it was real – they’d seen their neighbour pruning it. Mystery solved!
We hear about people wanting roses round the door as a sign of domestic bliss, but a clematis like this makes a strong play for the same spot.