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Fair Rosamond

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Fair Rosamond
Fair Rosamond

Pot size when delivered Sent out in Large 2 litre pots, (8 inches deep x 5 inches wide)
Size when delivered In most cases plants are around 1 metre high when sent out (depending on growth rate & time of year)
Age when delivered All our plants are at least 2 years old when sent out

Colour

Pale Pink

Pruning group

Prune Light - Group 2 - Large Flowers

Aspect

Sun or Part Shade

Height

6 - 8ft (2 - 2.5m)

Flowering Time

May, June and September
 

Price:

£10.00

 
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The Clematis Fair Rosamond, large flowered hybrid with a slight perfume

'Fair Rosamond' belongs to that second wave of large-flowered hybrids which comes along fairly late in the Spring, blooming on the year-old wood. Though on first acquaintance both the flowers and the stems of this variety seem delicate enough to prompt worries that the plant may be fragile, it soon proves otherwise. 'Fair Rosamond' is nobly resistant to hard times, and settles quickly into producing two good flushes of bloom in a year. Otherwise it could hardly have stayed in the running with growers and gardeners, always eager for something new and different, for nearly thirteen decades -- ever since it came from the Jackman nursery in 1871.

Part of its appeal may even spring from the apparent delicacy, and the ability of the plant to overcome it. The stems are relatively thin, and easily broken if a gardener with less than superhuman patience tries to disentangle them a month too late, but the plant is of bushy habit, and in youth readily sends up new stems from the base. Ordinarily it will reach 6' to 9' (roughly 2 to 3 metres). As for the flowers, the first ones -- if the Spring has been cold -- may have a ghostly midrib of green or gray and look slightly unprepared for scrutiny, but the effect is brief. The blossoms that open just a little later will return to form, with the familiar blush-white sepals soon fading to white, set off by that splendid boss in the center.

In truth, though, 'Fair Rosamond' probably owes much of its good repute to another feature that sets it apart. Nearly everyone finds it fragrant. There is not much agreement among nostrils when it comes to the other large-flowered hybrids; perhaps only 'Duchess of Edinburgh' is generally credited with a scent, though some eager sniffers cannot detect it, no matter how hard they try. Others -- 'Miss Bateman' and 'Snow Queen' come to mind -- get an occasional nomination. But with 'Fair Rosamond' there seems to be little or no doubt. The scent is delicious. (The doubt comes in when one tries to judge whether it suggests violets or roses.)


The 'real' Fair Rosamond was a twelfth-century lady named Jane Clifford, who earned her place in romantic legend as the mistress reportedly installed by Henry II of England in a moated bower of roses, no doubt to keep her out of the clutches of his wife Eleanor (of Aquitaine) and her henchmen; the story is told in Higden's Polychronicon, but has had sensational improvements -- a dagger and a poisoned bowl, for example -- from later hands.

Also suitable for containers Also suitable for containers
Scented plant Scented plant
Sent out in Large 2 litre pots, (8 inches deep x 5 inches wide) Sent out in Large 2 litre pots, (8 inches deep x 5 inches wide)
In most cases plants are around 1 metre high when sent out (depending on growth rate & time of year) In most cases plants are around 1 metre high when sent out (depending on growth rate & time of year)
All our plants are at least 2 years old when sent out All our plants are at least 2 years old when sent out
 

Detailed images

Clematis Fair Rosamond fully open

Clematis Fair Rosamond fully open



Clematis Fair Rosamond group shot just opening

Clematis Fair Rosamond group shot just opening



Clematis Fair Rosamond just opening with green tinge sepals old picture

Clematis Fair Rosamond just opening with green tinge sepals old picture



 

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