Davie-S - are you still around? Wondering how you got on with your clematis last summer and especially how things worked out with your 'Polish Spirit'? We talked about them on another thread last year (which I haven't found yet).
I have a new 'Polish Spirit' question. When I mentioned this viticella Clematis last year, mine was growing really well but with the continual rain last year and not much sun, mine didn't produce nearly as many flowers as the year before. I'd also been in the habit of pruning it down to a couple of buds around Feb/March. This year, I've just left it - mostly because I forgot about it and because there's scaffolding up to either side of it in it's pot. Having just had a quick look at it, unpruned, it's produced shoots and I'm not keen to do the usual prune. I don't much mind what shape it turns into up this wall (west-facing), gets sun all day WHEN WE GET SUN!!! Can anybody tell me that if I just leave it to do it's own thing to spread where it will, just for this year unpruned - is it likely to flower reasonably well - or is it not wise to leave it unpruned?
Here's how it looks today. Bearing in mind there's scaffolding above it with melting snow dripping down on it all the time.
Also, as it's in a post - anybody recommend a really good feed for it? I suppose I ought to give it a feed pretty soon - or not?
Many thanks anyone.