6 year old tangutica died?
I've got a 6 year old tangutica clematis (Golden harvest cultivar). It was a monster of a clematis as I'd never pruned it. It had long woody stems 6 foot tall.
This spring, I pruned the woody stems,2 feet above the ground. It grew back healthily and it was full of buds. A week ago I noticed one branch completely browned/ dried, I thought maybe a squirrel had cut down one of the branches.
Yesterday, to my horror the whole vine had turned browned, flowers and all.
Can anyone explain to me, what has happened? Could it be my pruning this spring? Any suggestions. Shall I cut everything down and hope for the best.
Here is a photo.The green leaves in the photo don't belong to the clematis :-(