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Campsis, the trumpet or glory-vine, is a flower-bearing climbing plant originating from North America, where I understand it grows wild in especially the southern states. The cultivated version - which looks like the wild type only with slightly more luxuriant foliage and flowers - is frequently grown in regions that have a Mediterranean climate, and in these conditions flourishes, producing abundant foliage and flowers. The vine has woody, twining stems but needs support in order to climb. In good conditions the vines can get quite tall - easily the height of a telegraph pole - and will spread sideways also, enough to cover the frontage of a building if there is sufficient support. The tooth-edged leaves are a pleasant bright yellow-green, and the flowers are up to 5cm wide and occur together on sprays. They have a tubular yellow 'throat' surrounded by rounded-edged, orange-petalled flowers. There tend to be two main varieties grown in gardens, one with orange-yellow flowers, the other coloured more red. #
Campsis is occasionally sold in garden centres in the UK as a garden plant. It's quite expensive - costing perhaps £15 for a three-foot-high specimen. Near where I live in Gloucestershire I know of one spectacular Campsis specimen - rooted in the walled garden part of a stately home - that's grown outdoors and in warmer regions of the country - such as the maritime regions of Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands - it could probably do quite well. While it can tolerate some degree of frost or freezing winter temperature especially if it's grown in a sheltered location, it seems to be happier in warmer conditions, and is more suitable as a plant for a cool conservatory - although it can grow large, and if well-established, could be difficult to keep in check indoors.
On those rare occasions where I get to lay eyes upon a trumpet vine, my thoughts always wander to my Grandmother, the outside of her blue house covered in this lovely flower, where I at times were allowed to pick one or two, for some reason always giving them back to her as a gift... The trumpet vine comes in all sorts of lovely colors, both me and my Grandmother mostly enjoy the deep orange version, this flower having a very deep and beautiful color, the pattern in the flower itself also very lovely to look at...
One of the reason I find this flower so appealing, apart from its beautiful appearance and orginal fragrance, is that the trumpet vine is absolutely self fertilising, meaning that it needs very little gardening and labour, as I`m no owner of "green hands"... However, when working with a trumpet vine, it`s very important that you always use gloves for protection, as the flowers can cause irriatation on your skin, especially if you suffer from allergy to pollen or flowers in general.
The trumpet vine is a flower that demands attention, as it has a lovely balanced color, and the plant itself often grows to be from 3-7 meters tall, which is quite an eyesight! My current vine has grown to the length of 4,5 meters, and it certainly looks amazing! As for the flowers themselves, they can be around 4-10 centimeters in their length, and as for the look of them, they remind a lot of the shape of a trumpet, giving these flowers the name Trumpet Vine.
The trumpet vine is a fast growing flower, and it reaches its prime in say August, starting its blooming in June, and if lucky, will last you to the end of September, depending upon the weather and climate... During the winter, make sure you protect this flower in spite of its robust nature. You can do so by adding sufficient amounts of compost to its roost, whether you buy the compost or make it yourself.
I bought my Trumpet Vine for the cost of 6.99, but cost vary from store to store and country to country...
All in all, I am very pleased with my trumpet vine, it looks amazing and is rather fuzz free to garden and take care of!