Clematis Aramandii - unhealthy looking stem advice needed
Hi, when tidying up my border I noticed my Clematis Aramandii stem not looking too healthy? The leaves above it have gone brown. It almost looks dead but I scraped it and it’s green inside… I wondered if stem was broken a little (however my other clematis - alpina blue - looks a little similar but not as much). It’s leaves are green everywhere else and it’s even got a couple of buds at the top! And ?a few black fly or something just at very top which we did spray off with water several weeks ago.
Is the stem damaged? Is this normal? Should I remove the dead leaves? Does it need a good water? Any advice would be so appreciated! Thank you 😊