“Ignorance Is Bliss”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I have often wondered how “fussy” plants make it out in the wild. You know, those plants that have to be treated with kid gloves – not too much water/ copious water, not too much sun/ full sun, not too much heat/cold. Then there are the reportedly high maintenance plants that make it with no special treatment at all, unless, of course, you really want it to thrive in your garden.
Case in point, my neighbor’s clematis. We all know the drill, plant at the right depth, leaves in the sun and roots in the shade, prune according to its type, watch out for wilt, etc. Here in the Gulf South, many of the large flowering clematis do not survive long because of our heat and humidity. My neighbor bought this clematis at one of the big box stores about five years ago. It was one of those that was wrapped in a plastic bag and very inexpensive. She planted it next to her mailbox and then just ignored it. This is what she is rewarded with every year.
No fertilizer or extra water, no shading the roots, no special treatment, just benign neglect. She cuts it down whenever she feels it looks straggly or unattractive. This may be three times in a year. Do you think I could do this and have it survive? No way. Maybe she is just lucky with this particular vine. I think it must be because both she and the clematis never read what the experts say about caring for a clematis.