Clematis varieties by Florabundance

As you all have probably guessed by now, I love clematis! Luckily for me, Florabundance sent a huge box filled to the brim with an assortment of clematis. I’ve been in amazement by this flower, as you will see below I kept a “sample vase” on my meeting table for two weeks to watch how it ages. Yes, you read that right, TWO weeks!
The clematis came packed very nicely, no blooms were squished. I immediately conditioned them – fresh cuts on the stems, lukewarm water and flower food. Here they are hydrating:

The clematis is unpacked and hydrated immediately upon arrival. Can you believe all the colors available??

The stem length is absolutely amazing, 30-36″ long depending on the color variety. The foliage is as pretty as the flowers. Each stem had a bloom measuring 3-7″ depending on the color variety, plus a few closed blooms.

The stems of the clematis are quite long, measuring 30-36" each.

The first thing I did was grab a few stems of each color and placed them in a vase which sat on my meeting table for two weeks. I changed the water and clipped the stems 3 times, I did not use flower food in the vase. By day 12 the petals started to drop, the foliage remained pretty for a few more days. Keep in mind, we have very low humidity in Denver which makes it difficult for most flowers to last longer than a week.
I will say that clematis definitely prefers clear water and does not like floral foam! We did test it and it lasted less than 24 hours in the floral foam. I had a conversation with a wedding planner who was visiting my studio and she mentioned that she had just worked a wedding where the florist used clematis on the arch and it was wilted before ceremony had begun. I inquired if floral foam had been used on the arch, sure enough it had! My recommendation would be to water tube the clematis stems and place those into the floral foam if needed.

Day 4 of a selection of the clematis in the vase. Clean water, no food.

still going strong on day 6!

Day 9! foliage is still a beautiful green, flowers still looking happy!

What happens when two floral designers are given free range with tons of clematis?? We have a blast designing, of course!!

Alicia's bridal bouquet of lilacs, various hues of clematis, jasmine, cheerful narccisus, lavender roses and dahlias

Chuck's beautiful compote design (inspired by our recent trip to NYC!) he designed with hellebores, jasmine, seeded eucalyptus and lavender roses.

Chuck's Cocktail Table Design

Chuck's sweet centerpiece, roses, clematis and hellebores

Do you like what you see??
These clematis can be ordered directly from Florabundance – Website & phone: 800-201-3597
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Comments

  1. I had such a hard time working with clematis lately that I took it off my shopping list. The stems were so thin and brittle, when I tried to separate them from the bunch they broke. :-(

    I need to convince people to use it a bunch at a time?!

    • I didn’t have any trouble separating these, the stems are thin like normal clematis but they are strong. I clipped the wire tie and had no problem separating these, I wasn’t that easy on them and didn’t have any breakage. We used them in different designs and used different stem lengths without any problems. The one thing I didn’t try but thinking I would like to do is to make a tall arrangement with branches as the grid, wondering if I could utilize the full 33″ of stems that way? Florabundance works with the new Clematis grower, Roseville Farms – that’s the farm at the expo that I showed a ton of pictures of last week on the blog.

  2. STUNNING!!! I’m so amazed by this product. Can’t wait to use it in an event. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Gorgeous! The jewel toned blossoms are exquisite!

  4. These are SO gorgeous!! I’m green with envy, although I’ve actually been able to use clematis a lot this year! Hope it sticks around for a LONG time!!

  5. scrumptious!!

  6. Gorgeous Alicia. I’ve always stayed away from Clematis because of the brittleness, but you’ve inspired me to use it. Questions –
    1. Does it perform well in handtied bouquets?
    2. What is the availability? I know it had a small window of availability last time I checked (a long time ago), but are they shipping it in from other areas and now more readily available.

    Thanks! Beautiful work….looks like you and Chuck had fun. :)

    • Courtenay & Janet,
      According to Debbie at Florabundance it looks like the season will run March – September, it may go a little later into the season but they won’t know until September. White clematis is very limited this year and it does have a very pale pale silvery/lav cast to it. This is due to some minerals in the ground, you know how certain minerals turn hydrangea blue? Now, don’t ask me which mineral because I don’t know ;)

      It held up very well for me in a bridal bouquet, it was out of water for the ceremony and some photos then back in the vase of water. The bouquet lasted a week and the clematis definitely outlasted the lilacs and dahlias it was with.
      Hope that helps!

  7. Thank you for the product review – I can’t wait to get my hands on some! I’d also love to know the availability on these…

  8. Oh, and your designs are gorgeous!

  9. Amy Keating says:

    Beautiful!!!!! Thanks for the info! I can’t believe how long it lasted!

  10. Thank you for this post. The designs and the clematis are gorgeous!! The clematis does indeed do well in a bouquet!!

  11. Gorgeous designs Chuck and Alicia! I’m inspired to try some of that lovely Roseville clematis now!

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