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In my previous post I showed you the pretty and rare little Clematis which appeared in my garden a few days ago. I've now transplanted it to a temporary pot (I am a bit short on plant pots at the moment, so the Clematis will have to share for a while) and put it outside the front door of my Canal house. It is looking lovely in its new position!

I must admit however that I got the nomenclature wrong. I am sorry to have mislead you, but while I thought this Clematis to be a 'Little Fiddly', it was actually Clematis microflorum 'Blooming Easy'. If you'd like to plant one of these lovelies yourself, you can visit these nurseries in the US or in the UK.

As I was snapping away, taking pictures of the lovely flowers decorating the Amsterdam coat of arms over the front door, I noticed the flowers had already started to attract the attention of the local wildlife!

Look! A beautiful butterfly has landed on one of the flowers. Amazing to see those little creatures in a busy city center.

Now if a butterfly doesn't just fly over and land on your flowers, like it did on mine, don't despair. I happen to know that your can buy butterflies on the internet! They will be sent in a sturdy little container where the butterflies will be perfectly safe and happy until you let them out. To buy your own butterflies (also known as 'God's Flying Flowers') go here.

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Oh my! I've discovered a rare species of Clematis clambering up through a hydrangea in my garden. It is Clematis microflorum 'Little Fiddly'.

Clematis microflorum 'Little Fiddly': Charming, deep blue flowers with conspicuous butter yellow stamens.

Slow to germinate, seeds may lay dormant for many years. If attended to properly in the developing stages, it blooms profusely and is one of the longest flowering varieties. Once established and flowering, the flowers will last for many, many seasons.

As it is a very slow grower, no pruning is required if it doesn’t hinder other plants’ growth. In case of necessity, prune before flowering.
Ideal for growing over fences, walls, or scrambling over rocks and old stumps. Particularly useful for planting near small trees, shrubs and conifers. It makes good ground cover. A very hardy plant with low requirements.