Clematis vine. Especially that of the purple Jackmanii variety. This photo was taken of Bossy’s mom’s front garden since Bossy doesn’t have any Clematis vines at the moment — but Bossy does remember a rule of thumb when considering where to plant it: they like wet feet and a dry head.
Bossy also remembers something about placing flat rocks at the base of their stem for stability and maybe to provide that extra shade down there.
In fact, the only thing Bossy doesn’t know about her crush the clematis, is how to pronounce it. Do you say Clem-eh-tis or Clem-ah-tis?
furiousball saysMay 27, 2010 at 9:14 am
that’s pronounced flower.
MommyTime saysMay 27, 2010 at 9:34 am
You say cluh-maa-tis.
I say po-tah-tao.
BossysMom saysMay 27, 2010 at 10:00 am
pot-tah-to, pot-ta-too, clem atis clem etis….
WebSavvyMom saysMay 27, 2010 at 10:05 am
–>I posted a picture of mine earlier this week on the blog. I’m just glad I could spell it because I don’t know how to pronounce it either. We cut ours back in the Fall too and it keeps getting bigger.
corrie saysMay 27, 2010 at 10:05 am
You say clem ah tis and I say tom ah toe…
Ris saysMay 27, 2010 at 10:33 am
“they like wet feet and a dry head” That’s what she said! No? Hmm, there’s a joke in there somewhere, I’m sure.
Lizzy's Mom saysMay 27, 2010 at 10:37 am
Pronounce it either way. The plant doesn’t care.
BH saysMay 27, 2010 at 10:55 am
I like Clem-ahhh-tis.
Wendy saysMay 27, 2010 at 11:18 am
Dare I share that I sometimes get confused and call it chlamydia? Honest. Did it twice.
Carbzilla saysMay 27, 2010 at 11:52 am
Corrie’s right although I think the emphasis on the second syllable sounds less like a disease. Actually, either sound bad. Good thing it’s a gorgeous flower.
Birdbrain saysMay 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm
Oh let’s call the whole thing off! We have the exact same one, which we’re trying to grow up our pergola – per ge la or per go la, you make the call.
Kathy from NJ saysMay 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Cla matt iss
Anna saysMay 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm
clem ay tis, actually.
vuboq saysMay 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm
OMG! I was just looking at flowers like those the other day and thinking “those are so pretty. I wonder what they’re called?” And, BOSSY, like a mind-reader, posts it. YAY! Happy!
foolery saysMay 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm
I avoid pronouncing it. Just like anvil, vacation, anemone, and about 600 other words I’m told I pronounce wrong.
Rebecca at Toothwhale saysMay 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm
I like your Hipstamatic shot. I’ve been admiring the regal purple flowers on a neighbor’s Clematis (now I know what it’s called) when I walk around the block. Of course I was shameless about photographing it.
Doug saysMay 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm
I have a related question: Is it cli-TOR-is or CLIT-or-is? Gorgeous either way, just like the flower…
Victoria saysMay 28, 2010 at 1:09 am
Clem at us.
Cactus Petunia saysMay 28, 2010 at 2:38 am
I say cle-MAT-is…and you should definitely plant one. They grow like crazy and bloom all summer, and they do like their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun.
Reeb saysMay 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm
I think Brits pronounce it one way, Southerners the other, and the rest of us do well simply to know what to call it.
Reminds me of when the Seinfeld crew was trying to remember a woman’s name that sounded like a female body part. Dolores.
gg saysMay 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Reminds me of the name Lois. Those in the North pronounce it LO-is. Many in the South say L(oi)s (oi like oil). And then there’s the prounciation straight from St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana; those say Lerce.
Catch the kids saysMay 29, 2010 at 5:32 am
Just a gorgeous flower. Too hot for it in Brisbane Austraia though. No matter how shady it’s feet are.
David saysMay 30, 2010 at 2:24 am
Dammit! I’m so late to this forking comment party that all the good “potato potahto” jokes are taken.
Frimmy saysMay 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm
I usually have several varieties growing and as long as I have at least one Jackmanii I’m happy. Now…is it Jack-mohn-ee or Jack-mann-ee?
Em saysJune 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I have a thing about Canada. So I say eh.
Ranger saysJune 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm
Say it one way – it’s a vine..say it the other way – it’s a STD.