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Clematis 'Rebecca' flower, picture taken last summer.
I think this is in a tight race for my favourite plant ever (with what else I'm not sure - it's a top 5 list that has 10 or so plants in it that change order constantly) because (so far) it's a pretty low maintenance vine that puts on a gorgeous show for what I can only assume is a very long time. You may recall that this plant was still flowering for me at the start of December after only being planted that year in June. It sprung up out of the ground early in the year and has already reached a solid 4-5' (and is still going) and has just started to flower today.
Now based on where the Irises are this year compared to previous years maybe I should expect this to start flowering at the end of May rather than when it is this year but regardless everything this plant has done since I bought it a year ago (last Mother's day actually) has surprised and impressed me.
I'm also switching to the first of my new blog themes, based appropriately enough on this Clematis.