Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:46
Thanks for the info Sanjy, seems like they should work well together after all. My main worry was whether the clematis would be too vigorous , so that worry has been answered.
Ladybird, the rose is technically a repeat flowering rambler, with thankfully very few prickles. I don't mind delving in in the spring to pull out the prunings. I've got a couple of clematis growing up into my lilac shrub and find they pull out of the branches easily. I did once get my ponytail properly stuck in a large rosebush once and couldn't pull myself free. I was there a good 15 minutes before I was spotted by my teenage daughter , who after taking a photo on her phone of my misfortune finally painfully set me free.
Thanks PP, I have a bit of a thing for pink flowers. Would never wear pink, or have it in the house but in the garden...lovely.