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Richard Hodson

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Posted: 07/02/2016 at 08:51

Be careful with some of the rampant climbers or you will end up with all the interesting flowers high up in the heavens and nothing on the pergola pillars, we use several different forms of herbaceous clematis for pergola legs, these only reach a height of about 6ft, lots of different colours and forms, including scented, just need discretely tying to the pillar, most flower all Summer.

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 08:45

3 main stems is not enough to produce a good display, chop the 3 stems back hard now down to about 1 ft. This will produce more flowering stems for later season this year, then next year go to the Group 2 pruning regime.

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 19:11

Doctor Ruppel is an Early Large Flowered Group clematis ( Group 2 ) and it should flower May/June then later on new wood.   If you prune it hard back now you will lose the early flush of flowers, but you will get more, smaller, flowers late Summer.

How many stems does your plant have at present ?

How can a certain plant website get away with charging so much !

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 08:45

I have a clematis nursery where online sales are increasing rapidly probably due to the fact that I cater for the ' anoraks ' of the clematis world, selling rare, unusual , weird clematis, not the mass-produced barcoded stuff. I use Hermes couriers, never had a problem, very reasonably priced.  I do not make profit from postage like some bigger companies expect to do, probably due to their staffing, VAT, and other overheads.

Poor quality clematis?

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 08:41

' One thing I would do is to cover the base with stones, pebbles, slate etc, to keep the roots moist ( for summer) and protection. '  --------- hotel for slugs.

Clematis not flowering

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 18:28

Never heard of a non-flowering clematis, I suspect you are pruning it wrongly.

For example, if you prune a montana in February when you prune the viticellas, then you will cut out all the flowering wood.

H2O is best food for clematis.

Clematis jingle bells and blue wisley

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 21:39

Madame Julia Correvon flowers earlier than most other viticellas, starting in June here in Lancashire. Sometimes if pruned back a few feet after flowering it will put on another flush of flowers.

Clematis jingle bells and blue wisley

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 20:47

Yes, Prince Charles is Late Large Flowered Group and Madame Julia Correvon is Viticella Group, both Group 3 for pruning.

Clematis jingle bells and blue wisley

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 17:40

Wisley is a Late Large Flowered Group 3 and should be butchered to the floor on 14th February with all the other Group 3's.

The St. Valentines Day massacre.

Grass in Rose bed

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 08:23

Get the weeds out by hand then mulch thickly with some good old-fashioned well-rotted cow muck.

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