I love the way flowers look just before they bloom and slightly after their peak. When I lived in northern Delaware, I tried to grow clematis, but never had any luck. In southern Delaware, I was more successful and I try and buy a new variety each year. Two, along our eastern fence, pour their blooming attention to our neighbor’s house, so we just get to see the back end of them unless we crank our necks! I’ve wised up and started planting them on a southern exposure of our fence. This variety was a purple/blue color, which I love. It had some blooms in the store, and the first of these first petals just fell off, exposing the stamens and interior of the clematis. I think it looks awful pretty, even without the petals!