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07/07/2013 at 22:02

I have been lucky enough to inherit and beautiful garden. However, I'm little out of depth. The garden was owned by a lady for thirty years and the planting is incredible it seems every couple of weeks something appears a new.

My problem is the clematis I realise I should have tended to it in spring bunt now they are so bushy and only getting bigger.

Should I wait or get out the machete?!?

08/07/2013 at 06:35

Don't get the machete out yet!  Different types of clematis need different pruning regimes or you won't get any flowers next year.  

Can you post photographs of each and tell us when each flowered please

09/07/2013 at 14:38

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27026.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27027.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 Thanks for coming back to me. Here are a couple of pics. Clematis number 1 is flowering now. Haven't yet seen any flowers on the other

09/07/2013 at 15:56

Can you show a picture of the flowers, please?

09/07/2013 at 19:01

And are you sure they are clematis?

Lyn
09/07/2013 at 21:57

The leaves show they are clematis, need to see close up of the flowers and exact time they started to bloom, they are Pruned at different times.

11/07/2013 at 11:08

HI, i would say don't worry about timing, if they are in your way, just prune them back they do look over grown and are probabley a bit matted. Experts say over grown plants  would appreciate a bit of a hair cut and getting some air to them.

It seems like you have lot of variety so if you miss a seasons  flowers on one plant you will gain on another.

Dont be scared, just control your pruning rather than hack away and you'll be fine.

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