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Clematis Carol Klein

Clematis Carol KleinOn the morning of Wednesday 5th September 2012, we welcomed the crew of BBC TV Gardeners World to film the clematis in the garden here at Hesketh Bank.
We were rather concerned that the garden was maybe suffering from the tremendous rainfall during the summer and that they would be disappointed, especially after we learned that they had been filming at Harlow Carr the day before.
However our minds were soon put at ease when the 4 technicians and Carol Klein arrived, and after preliminary chat and cups of tea all round, filming began,Clematis Carol Klein
During filming, whilst waiting for the passing of an aeroplane, farm tractor, cloud or some other distraction, I was stood with Carol Klein at the side of an island bed in the garden when she enquired the name of a pink clematis growing through shrub rose ' Marie Pavie.'
I explained that it was a seedling raised here, un-named, and suggested that 'Carol Klein ' would be an appropriate name, maybe ?
Clematis Carol KleinShe was delighted, we all were, and so it has now been officially Registered as such.
The clematis has been in the garden for 4 years now, improving annually as clematis do, but looked particularly effective on ' the day '
It is an herbaceous clematis, non-climbing, bright pink bells, ideal for growing through a shrub or rose or through an obelisk in the mixed herbaceous border, flowering July to September, height about 5 ft.Clematis Carol Klein
It belongs to the Integrifolia Group, but is actually x diversifolia, which are crosses with viticella and integrifolia.
The seed parent is a very old cultivar known as x Eriostemon, a very early cross between the 2 species first recorded in1835.similar habit but purple blue.
Seed was gathered from our plant in the garden here and sown in 2006, I suspect the pollen parent could be Alionushka, growing quite nearby.