Miss Bateman
Large Flowering
Miss Bateman is an extremely early bloomer (she is always the first large-flowered hybrid to flower for us) and is in addition noteworthy for her overall excellence as a garden plant. Introduced in 1869, she is as popular today as she was then, and it’s easy to see why. She is compact to 8’, with 4- 6" flowers of a creamy white with chocolate-red stamens. When the flowers first open in the cool days of early spring the mid-rib is frequently tinged pale-green but this quickly fades to pure white as the flower expands. Miss Bateman is naturally inclined to have multiple stems and proper pruning of young plants will ensure a full and robust specimen at maturity. Spring flowering is so heavy as to nearly obscure the foliage. If a good fall display is wanted, we advise removing the seedheads as soon as flowering is finished and fertilizing generously, first with an all-purpose fertilizer (20-20-20) and then a blossom-boosting fertilizer. Please note that deadheading is not generally necessary for clematis that flower in spring and fall, but Miss Bateman expends so much energy in the initial flowering that she needs the extra "shot in the arm". Finally, to add to her virtues, Miss Bateman is not only beautiful but also thoroughly reliable. She’s an excellent candidate for the small garden and container culture.
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