I have Clematis in my patio garden for the past three years. As the plants get more mature I have more flowers. But something was telling me that I wasn't doing the right thing with them.This year at Chelsea, I had the pleasure to have a few words with one of the bigger Clematis grower of the world, Raymond J. Evison, author of the book CLEMATIS FOR SMALL SPACES. He was very surprised that I had any success with Clematis in Portugal, I think he imagined Portugal with a much hot an dry climate. At the end a friend offered me the book signed by the author.
I really liked the book as it explains all you have to do to make the best out of this plants but found it a bit confusing. It seams like the author is writting for people who already know about Clematis and not for a complete amator as I am. Maybe the english reality is very different from the portuguese reality. There you can find many of this plants and in Portugal they are a rarity. The book gave me also some ideas to improve the Clematis in my garden, I'll see if they work for next year.
The pictures above are from the Clematis in my garden.