So last September and October this guy was wandering into the yard a lot. He was very friendly and energetic and getting away from his owners who had newly moved in down the street. The first time that he came over, I was trying to get him to calm down a bit and to stop frantically eating sticks and my watering can, but every time he’d hear a squirrel or a bird move, he’d lunge into action. Anyway, during one of these lunges he jumped on to my perennials and he snapped the main stalk of my clematis just inches from where it pokes out of the soil.
And was so upset and then I wasn’t sure what to do. These are supposed to be hard pruned, but not until spring and not as low as the stalk had been snapped. Anyway, ultimately, I pruned it. I wasn’t sure if that was right, but a good friend of mine and master gardener, Inez, always told me that it wasn’t good to leave dead material on a living plant and I thought maybe that was the best way to do.
Unfortunately, all of my perennials are starting to return and my clematis is just a little brown stick sticking up from it’s pot. I’m still clinging to hope, but it’s seeming less and less likely.