29 March 2012 - 5:50pm

Armandii clematis today looking and smelling fab!

Peter took this today, such a pretty sight at the moment and a gorgeous smell too, especially in the evenings. Someone told me it is called armandii becuase it smells of almonds - sounds a bit of a likely story? And anyway, it smells more of nutmeg to me. Nutmegii doesn't sound as good, I'll admit.

Dead easy, this plant in a sheltered spot. Needs no pruning unless it gets out of hand, but it will want some strong support, especially when it gets to this size. Last year it fell down in a spring gale complete with a nest full of baby blackbirds. Not good.

This variety is called 'apple blossom' - there are white ones too.