Richard Hodson


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Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Posted: Today at 07:55

Great picture, great plant.

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 13:32

Apologies not needed, a bit of banter is good for us all, just to say I do not have a problem with people shopping at Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco whatever, we all do it. I have a small clematis nursery where I supply mainly the ' anoraks ' of the clematis world, always looking for something rare and unusual, lots of weird stuff I grow from seed and I breed many new cultivars, so I do not see the supermarkets as competition. I do not use this forum as a platform to sell plants.   I just think that the vendors should supply some cultural tips when purchasing plants from them, sorry if I make it sound offensive.


Every day of my life I learn a bit more about the clematis genus, what I know would fill a book, what I don't know would fill a library


I went to a lecture last month by Dr Mary Toomey, world renowned clematarian, she gave the following advice when planting a new clematis  " First year sleep, second year creep, third year leap ".  In other words don't expect instant.


Incidentally clematis Duchess of Albany is not viticella, it is texensis, priced at £10 at most good nurseries.

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:07

The original quote was obviously from someone with access to the garden centre, to be able talk to the ' guy '


' Clematis plug plant offer--advice needed '  backs up the point that I am trying to make.


Why do not these people who sell these plants, offer advice ?


If you buy a TV from Argos and you don't understand how to work it, you don't go to the ice cream parlour or hairdresser ?


Lots of sugar here, by the way.   Clematis are a wonderful genus of plants, I want everyone to be successful with them, not difficult to understand.

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 07:42

I'm sorry if you take offence, but I think you will find that I have given more advice on these pages about growing clematis than most other people. Just like ' the guy at the garden centre '

Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 07:22

" I get a lot of advice from a guy at my local garden centre ".


Sounds about right, people buying small rooted cuttings from the corned beef merchants, by-passing the established garden centres who sell ' proper ' clematis, then asking them for cultural advice.

clematis Twinkle

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 07:15

Thanks very much for taking the time to send me the photos of your new plant, a lovely pale blue integrifolia, perfect for the Summer herbaceous border, congratulations !!

clematis Twinkle

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 22:29

That's great news, the top right pale blue looks really impressive, any chance of a close up ?

0/10 for garden design for me!!

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:04

Oh, and they don't need staking.

0/10 for garden design for me!!

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:03


Chloe, in the hot areas we use some of these orange lilies, they are about 5 ft tall, bright orange with black spots, vulgar looking but everyone who sees them likes them. they seed around a lot, not difficult to pull up and are July to September flowering.


If you, or anyone else, want some of the bulbils to grow on, easy to germinate, please shout.

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