Gardening in Lake Tahoe
Saving Clematis Seeds
One of Eric's favorites and one that's in bloom is the Clematis Claire de lune. It's a fantastic vine.
This plant comes from quite a lineage and a wonderful Clematis program on the Isle of Guernsey, which is
just a ferry ride from England. There are some great aristocratic genes behind this plant. To create a
nice cool white flower like this is no small challenge from a breeding standpoint. On the tips of the
flower, each petal has a little bit of lavender, which is quite nice. Obviously there's some purple
heritage in this flower as well as some creamy buttery hues and that's what makes up the wonderful
genetics behind this plant. It's in full bloom right now, this will be the last bloom for a while but
hopefully there will be more later in the season. The Clematis is not only wonderful from an ornamental
standpoint but each plant has little balls and every one of the little balls has hundreds of little seeds
in them. One of Eric's favorite things as a gardener is to collect seeds, then plant those out. It gives
one a chance to look at an array of different genetics behind these plants. To save the seeds, towards
the end of the season let the balls dry out, when they're a good straw color, pull the ball apart and
there will be hundreds of little seeds inside. In this part of the country one may want to put the seeds
into a zip lock bag and store them until spring, so when it gets warm enough for things to start
germinating naturally outside you can plant them into nice rich soil or if you want start them indoors.
To do that put them into a nice moist potting soil, perhaps in some peat moss and just wait until they
germinate, then separate them out and plant them. At that point you will get any number of colors under
the rainbow. Some will be white, some lavender or purple, others creamy, buttery, yellow tones. Catherine
likes the idea and will try it. It sounds like fun.