Clematis, beauty and problem

I grow a few clematis, and for the most part they make me happy -- when the deer don't prune them that is. The one that I grow on my mailbox has performed quite well for me, especially considering how shady it is here.

I believe I purchased this as Clematis 'Piilu', but that's almost certainly not what it is. It looks so good with the variegated bamboo (Sasaella masamuneana 'Albostriata'), doesn't it?


It's really quite nice regardless of the unknown ID...

...but it does have a problem. Every year part of the vine dies before the flower buds come out.

The first year it happened I thought it was damage from deer or an insect. Now that it happens annually, I'm really not sure what's going on.

Here's a view of the whole plant:

(I really need to replace the red zip tie that's holding up the cage/trellis!)

At least this year there were plenty of blooms left to help "hide" the problem.

Any ideas of what's going on and how I can prevent it next year?


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Anonymous –   – (May 29, 2017 at 8:47 AM)  

This could be your answer:

outlawgardener  – (May 29, 2017 at 9:25 AM)  

Sometimes clematis just do this and it's a pain to try and remove the dead stuff because often the live part is intertwined with it. The answer is to simply look briefly at the pretty flowers and try not to notice the crispy bits of the vine.

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