This spring I posted about training this clematis to reach across the railing of the deck. Things went well for two months and then I stopped tying new shoots and stems sideways so they did what they want to do, rise straight up. Most of them are twined together in the background of this photo, climbing one leg of the arch over the steps from the deck to the backyard. But one stem runs sideways across most of the railing and the flower in the foreground of the photos is at the tip of the stem. So if the stem survives the winter it will give next year head start on covering the railing. For earlier photos of this clematis, click here. By the way, this is 'Nelly Moser,' an old cultivar that makes smaller flowers than the big hybrid clematises, but lots of them, and it's reliable here in Z5.