I went to high school with a Miss Bateman. She was one of the popular ones. Pretty, lively, cheerful, and sweet. Quite enjoyable to be around. I loved the times when I was in her company. She always brought a smile to my face.
The same is true of 'Miss Bateman', my clematis. Isn't she a beauty?
Clematis are a little tricky. They fall into three groups, with different pruning requirements for each group. Confusing? Yes. Especially if you're like me and don't know the names of most of the clematis in your garden.
I know 'Miss Bateman' is a group 2. Pruning on a Group 2 clematis is to be done after flowering. But, like most plants, they will usually survive the gardener's mistakes or inattention. In fact, I read all sorts of contradictory advice on clematis, so if you prune yours differently, that's probably o.k. too. The first few years a hard pruning is usually advised to give the clematis a bushy form. That has never been a problem for me, as I usually break the vines moving them around the first few years.
'Miss Bateman' is a fairly popular clematis to have in the garden. This is her third year in my garden. (Second year in this spot.) She grows in zones 5 through 9. I look forward to her growing larger and multiplying her blooms. Unfortunately, she is placed in a spot where she doesn't receive a lot of sun, so hopefully she'll continue to be happy. Clematis like their roots cool, so I always place a rock on top of the soil to mark their planting spot. The rock also serves as a reminder to me where they are planted while they are dormant.
There are so many different varieties of clematis, and some have the most incredibly unusual blooms. Although 'Miss Bateman's blooms are not so unusual looking, they are lovely. Cheerful. Sweet.
While she is blooming, I am going to enjoy the company of 'Miss Bateman', the clematis. Just as much as I enjoyed the company of Miss Bateman, my high school friend.