We spotted this beautiful clematis growing up the gable end of a house beside the towpath just outside Willington. The blooms were huge and I love the intricate layering of the petals.
I tried to look up the actual species of clematis, but couldn't find one which looked quite right. Did you know that there are over three hundred different species of clematis and that the plant is part of the buttercup family; Ranunculaceae? That is as unexpected as discovering that woodlice are related to prawns.
I suppose that clematis are the climbers of the buttercup family; the name clematis comes from the Ancient Greek klématis, meaning a climbing plant!
Aren't families interesting. The most unexpected members can belong together and every one has their own special place. If only all human families could amble along so amiably.
PS: Thankyou to Catherine (A Gardener in Progress) for identifying this clematis as aMulti Blue :)