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12/07/2012 at 17:41

I bought a Multi Blue Clematis earlier this year as well as Clematis 'Hagley'. The one which is meant to be Multi Blue is very disappointing, and although this flower is past it's best, it certainly wasn't the flower it was supposed to be.

 

Any ideas on what this is from the picture would be helpful.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/9906.jpg?width=720&height=350&mode=max

 

12/07/2012 at 17:57

I think this is just a recently planted clematis struggling a bit, due to a combination of factors.  It will be concentrating on growing it's roots in the first year, plus the weather has been grim.  The majority of clematis like to have their roots protected from the sun, but  they like a bit of sun on their faces.  You may well have some better blooms later in the season, especially if the weather picks up, and by next year with proper care your clematis should have more than doubled in size and will be blooming it's socks off.  You'll find a bit of guidance here http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/6788.shtml

12/07/2012 at 18:13
Thank you. Do you think it could be multi blue clematis? As thats what I bought it as. The other variety I got (hagley) is thriving but this one whilst it has healthy foliage, the flower colour and shape is nothing like multi blue.
13/07/2012 at 05:38

How many blooms have you had from the Multi Blue?  Have they all looked like this?

 

(Just a thought, what were they thinking of, calling it Multi Blue? So unimaginative. It looks a very pretty clematis - they make it sound like a pack of socks in M&S)

13/07/2012 at 05:41

Having had a closer look at the picture, (with my glasses on) the leaf nearest the flower looks as if it could have had a bit of aphid damage, or even might have been caught in the spray-drift from some weedkiller - is that possible (it happens to the best of us - a sudden gust of wind - and it has been windy this year)  or have you seen aphids/greenfly on it?

13/07/2012 at 21:45

My first impression was that it was a perennial sweet pea, and not a clematis at all!

13/07/2012 at 22:50
Deffo not a sweetpea. Its produced 2 flowers, both appeared like the one in the pic. Ive now cut the flowers back so it can put its energy into growing instead of flowering. The flowers appeared to have 4 petals at best. Certainly not as multi blue should be. Possible aephid damage deffo no weedkiller. Ive cut these effected leaves/stems back now.
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