A Memory of Summer: Clematis ‘Samaritan Jo’

Now that we’re so far into autumn, I have already photographed most of the flowers that are left in the garden. So I’m catching up on a bit of photo-processing from earlier in the year.

The clematis here (‘Samaritan Jo’) was planted late last year, and I had been excitedly waiting to see what the flowers would be like. In early summer, a mixture of single flowers and double flowers appeared, and even one (at bottom) that didn’t seem able to decide which it wanted to be.

A single flower of ‘Samaritan Jo’.

The deep magenta/purple edging to the petals was what initially attracted me to this clematis. The faint magenta lines along the midrib of the petals and the slightly greenish tips add to the beauty of the flower, and make it a delight to photograph.

This clematis was named in honour of the volunteers who work for the Samaritans. (Apparently they are all known as ‘Samaritan Jo’.)

It seems to have settled down quite well in the garden. (I have lost a few clematis by planting them in areas where they got really baked by the summer sun and didn’t have enough moisture in the soil around them.) ‘Jo’ is in a position that doesn’t dry out too much and has a bit of shade to the base of the plant.

Hopefully there will be lots more pretty flowers on this lovely clematis next year. (A happy thought right at the moment, with rain falling here and the wind suddenly sending leaves flying everywhere!)

This one doesn’t know if it wants to be single or double!

11 thoughts on “A Memory of Summer: Clematis ‘Samaritan Jo’

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it – I really enjoyed seeing this one in flower in the summer and am looking forward to its flowers again next year! 🙂

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  1. This flower looks so delicate. Love the way you caught the water drops. Interesting that it can be a double flower. I like the purple edging on the petals too. Nice images and flowers once again Ann!

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    1. It was really interesting to see the mix of single and double flowers – I have seen that on other clematis plants too. Hope this one grows well and produces lots more flowers next year! Thanks for the lovely comments, Syd! 🙂


    1. Luckily, ‘Jo’ is planted in one of the most sheltered bits of the garden, and of course, there’s no flowers to worry about right now because it flowered so early in the year. (I do have another small winter-flowering clematis that’s just started into bud though. Fingers crossed for that one!)

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