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hollie hock

Hello everyone, this vine type plant has had some lovely buds on it for weeks, over the last couple of days it's starting to flower

It's been a lovely surprise, I love the colour and the flowers are huge and so strong. I didn't think it was a Clem at first but now I'm not sure?


 

 

 

Orchid Lady

Well, I'm not an expert but it looks like a Clematis to me, the buds and flowers look just like mine but a different colour.

 Flora rosa

Hi, yes clematis, not sure of name - sorry, sure someone on here will know but what a gorgeous colour 

 Wow. 

This is one of mine 


 

hollie hock

Thank you both

I wasn't sure when it was growing. I've only had the early flowering types before. The buds have been around for weeks and all of a sudden they turn in to this!

I think this is the first year that it is flowering. Very nice colour Flora

 

 

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Orchid Lady


This was the first flower on mine, taken a couple of weeks ago, the other buds had opened this morning but it was too wet to take a picture.

Beautiful colour Hollie hock 

 Flora rosa

Aren't they truly beautiful, wish I had a bigger garden, would grow all colours hehe 

hollie hock

Sorry slow typist, short attention span and very poor internet

It's very pretty, I just liked looking at the buds...........  I'm so amazed at how the big the flowers are, I love it, they are so beautiful and so strong.  Trying to train it to grow over the shed.

I inherited this and according to them that planted it this is it's best year yet. When is the best time to do any pruning?

I've only had the Montana and the Jackamini types before

Wakou

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/pruning_clematis1.shtml

Wakou

http://www.britishclematis.org.uk/Pruning.htm

Definitely a clematis, mine is about to flower too (buds & stems identical). I've got a feeling I may have seen this blue variety at the local garden centre I'll check next time I'm there.

 Flora rosa

I'm totally not perfect but I deadhead mine only and then trim if needed after flowering (spring flowering, if trim in spring, lose that years flowers) . 

Fairygirl

It's likely to be a Group 2 or 3 hollie- some that flower just now will flower again in late summer/early autumn so if you can narrow it down by looking at the specialist sites you'll find out the best pruning. Some get trimmed in autumn and some get cut hard back in spring. Is it really that colour or is it the camera? My purple plants always look very blue in photos. 

They're beautiful plants and you'll no doubt want loads more if you go on the grower's sites!

Flora - you can always create obelisks fro them in your borders to grow more....

Hello Hollie hock. Yes it's a beautiful Clematis. Early one I guess. I have a Josephine clematis in flower at the mo. Pale pink with a fluffy middle , blooms for ages. 

Forgot to say , I can't send a picture as I don't know how to do it yet as new to internet and everyone is getting frustrated with me asking them 'stuff'.  

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Dovefromabove

Hi Runnybeak - to post a picture you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  If it doesn't work let us know 

 Flora rosa

Oh Fairygirl don't tempt me, him indoors will shout at me if put more pots on patio lol. Ok, I'm persuaded, off to GC to buy more  And it's sunny woo . 

Orchid Lady


 This is my Clematis today, even more flowers.  It is so beautiful, I really need another one, not just because I want one I do actually need one......I just don't know where for 

Fairygirl

It's vital you have more OL...and you will find a space if you try hard enough...

Orchid Lady

I really need a deep purple one, I have so much lilac colour in the garden that it needs a contrast and deep purple would go very well