For several years, I have tried to grow Clematis. The deer wander through my yards and munch their favorite things down to the ground. I thought this plant was long gone. But when i was preparing the beds early in the spring, I saw that it had sprouted. I was so pleasantly surprised! I didn't hold much hope for it, tho, as I was certain it would become a midnight snack for some big game. But alas! This year I finally got to see the fruits of my labor! And it is BEAUTIFUL!