“Disaster”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
About three weeks ago, I was working in the garden planting a small rose bush when disaster struck. Have you ever inadvertently cut down, stepped on or otherwise destroyed a favorite plant?
I was working in rather tight quarters while planting Caldwell Pink, a gift rosebush from Phillip of Dirt Therapy, and I was trying to be careful. As I was just finishing up planting, my foot got caught on the Swamp clematis (Clematis Crispa) and broke off the only stem on the plant. This is a plant I have had only since last spring after trying for over four years to find one.
One of the reasons this is so hard to find is that only one vendor here has it, and she usually only sells wholesale. I just happened to find her at a March Garden show with only one left which I quickly scooped up.
As soon as I saw what had happened, I almost died. I couldn’t believe what had happened. I quickly grabbed the broken off stem and made a bee line for the potting soil to try and root another clematis. I ran inside and found the seeds I had saved from early winter and quickly planted some. I researched the Internet for info on growing clematis from seeds and couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it can take over a year to germinate seeds from this particular clematis. No wonder it was so hard to find.
If the cuttings didn’t take or the seeds germinate, would this mean I had lost this beautiful flowering vine? I have faithfully kept the cuttings moist and warm. I have also looked after the seeds (just in case they would happen to want to germinate sooner). Neither look too promising at this point, but I am not giving up hope.
Then, today, I went looking for the short remains of the original plant to see if there was any new growth which would let me know it was still alive. I figured it would be too early or maybe the hard freeze we had a few days ago would knock it back, but I just had to check anyway. Well, I was rewarded with this sight.
New, tiny leaves showing! It’s not dead! It’s alive! I can’t express the relief I felt when I saw this favorite vine making a comeback. I’m going to keep on tending the cuttings and seeds, but if they don’t make it, it seems I still will have the original plant. Thank the good Lord.