Richard Hodson

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Moving a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis

Posted: Today at 07:10

I reckon it would be fine to plant out now, Charley, but best to prune hard back before doing so.

It won't flower this year.

A lovely cultivar, but not easy.

clematis Twinkle

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 23:43

Thanks for the update, I have some integrifolias, Baby Blue for example, which only reach about 1 ft tall when mature. Possibly some of your smaller seedlings could be dwarf forms.

Others such as Alionushka, Blue Rain can reach 8 ft , lovely at present in a tripod of long hazel twigs.

All are reliably hardy and will be happy in a cold frame over Winter, I usually pot mine on into larger pots in Spring.

The picture is Blue Rain taken yesterday.

Good luck with the seedlings, a tall white form would be nice, please.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 23:03

Sorry, but I must interrupt, firstly I do not have a National Collection of hostas, I have National Collection of Clematis Viticella which includes Etoile Violette, definitely not a job for pruning tomorrow, it should be a mass of blooms at present, and should be pruned annually to the floor in February, that's if you have planted it deep enough and buried the crown.

Miss Bateman is an Early Large Flowered Group clematis with a different pruning regime.entirely.

Also, they do NOT need their roots cool, they need their roots damp.

Good luck with your clematis.

Clematis Dying?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 15:09

Your plant is in perfect health, the only problem is that the roots are dry, 4 gallons of water per week, preferably rainwater, up to 1 gallon per day in hot weather.

Use peat based multi-purpose compost for best results.

3 new rudbeckias

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 07:09

Sorry to hear about Bill.

My clematis Richard's Picotee

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:02

Close up.

My clematis Richard's Picotee

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 21:51

Picture taken this evening

Echinacea pallida

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:44

Certainly 'different '

3 new rudbeckias

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:33

Looking good today.

These were planted out in the garden last year and survived the very wet winter.

from seed kindly sent to me by Otnorot, are you there, Bill ?


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 06:13

Michael, if it is any help I Register lots of new clematis using the RHS Clematis Registrar, it is a free service, costs you nothing.

Surely there is a similar system for roses ?

The Plant Breeders Rights I do not go in for, far too costly and I believe a huge annual fee.

You would have to sell an awful lot of roses.

Best to just name it and find someone to propagate and market it for you with a commission for you.

Most of the garden centre groups are always on the lookout for something ' NEW '

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