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Isn't this a hoot? I forgot to prune this clematis back in the fall, but it was determined to blossom anyway and it has produced more blooms this year than it ever has before. I think that says something about determination, doesn't it? Or perhaps it speaks volumes about the will to survive and thrive. All living things have it ~~ survival of the fittest. I water this clematis every day and admire its tenacity and beauty. It's quite unique ~~ a topic of conversation amongst my neighbours. I guess the moral of the story is, don't be afraid to be different. Beauty can spring from anywhere. Dare to bloom, even when the odds appear to be against it.