Clematis Carol Klein
On 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
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,
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 ?
She 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.
It belongs to the Integrifolia Group, but
is actually x diversifolia, which are crosses with viticella and
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.