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11/09/2013 at 12:54

Could someone enlighten me on the name of this clematis which was left in a corner of my potager in a small pot for me to find by one of the many visitors to my garden?  I did recognise it as a climber, put it in a big pot with a stake and put it under my Fuchsia magellanica to shade its roots, then forgot it was there and now its purple flowers with pale green middles are scrambling through the big fuchsia bush and I cannot tell my visitors its name because no one has owned up to leaving it for me.


11/09/2013 at 12:58
Its a beautiful colour ! I don't know it, but there are a number of clematis id sites on the internet - i use one called " clematis on the web"
11/09/2013 at 14:25

Could it be Polish Spirit? I'm no clemaris expert but it looks like something that I have  always taken to be Polish Spirit.

11/09/2013 at 14:32

Thank you, waterbutts.  That looks like it.  I shall now label it.  It is very pretty.

11/09/2013 at 14:38

Ours has hundreds and hundreds of flowers on right now. The plant is more purple than it is green

11/09/2013 at 15:16

I'd agree with Polish spirit which I also have - it's a Group 3 and a 'good doer'.  I cut mine back to about 30cm every Spring - grows back to about 3-4m and gets absolutely covered in flowers.

11/09/2013 at 16:59

Wow, now was that not a lovely present to leave me in my potager?  It does have loads of flowers on it still in bud so, if the weather staysbenign the fuchsia is going to be a riot of red and purple for a good few week's yet.

11/09/2013 at 17:37

Back again - but at a proper computer this time, so had a look on my "Clematis on the Web" site.  Not sure it is Polish Spirit because the flowers only have four petals, whereas Polish Spirit has five.  There is a four petalled one called Liisu, which might be a candidate.  However, I would have a look yourself, because only you will be able to see whether the bars on the petals look right - its difficult to pick that up in a picture. 

Link is here:

There is a handy feature where you can input all the details you know (flower colour, flowering time etc etc) and it will come up with all  the potential candidates.

11/09/2013 at 18:25

My Polish Spirit only has 4 petals, chicky.  The number is variable with most clematis.  

BTW, ever tried real Polish spirit?  Not a beverage for the faint-hearted (It'll strip varnish, too!)

11/09/2013 at 18:50

That is a beautiful flower, amazing colour and a great photo happymarion........ what a fantastic gift!


11/09/2013 at 18:54

Er yes, Bob. One house we bought was owned by a Polish couple. The husband was clearly keen on a tipple as there was a full bottle and a bit of this stuff when we opened the garage.

I use it for cleaning as it's virtually 100 proof.

11/09/2013 at 19:01

I think Polish Spirit may have been named in honour of all the Polsh airmen who served in the RAF in WW2

However Marion if your plant is not covered in masses of smallish purple flowers it may not be PS, but something else.

11/09/2013 at 19:11

And of course there is also General Sikorski.

11/09/2013 at 19:13

Have a couple of those too, waterbutts - Group 2 but another 'good doer'  

11/09/2013 at 19:24

P.S Marion, what did you think of your visits to Abbotsbury and the Water Garden (was it Bennett's)?

11/09/2013 at 21:19

Oh, that was a lovely day in Dorset.  I was so impressed with the way the council had managed the verges and roundabouts in the county and the lovely thatched cottages and then these two lovely gardens.  Bennetts Water Gardens were so beautiful and the Abbotsbury Subtropical too.  I will post some of my pictures.

 Those were from Bennetts water gardens

11/09/2013 at 21:23

Some from Abbotsbury subtropical gardens


11/09/2013 at 21:39

Thank you so much for the memories of these 2 beautiful gardens in Dorset. Have you seen the Italianate garden at Mapperton, near Beaminster?

11/09/2013 at 21:42

Not yet, but will mention it to the organisers of the trips I go on!  Thank you.

11/09/2013 at 21:43

You will love it, and great cake too.

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