Richard Hodson


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Clematis plug plant offer - advice needed

Posted: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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.

0/10 for garden design for me!!

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 19:28

Chloe, they are Moorheim Beauty, another good orange form that we use here is Sahins Early Flowerer.

0/10 for garden design for me!!

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:00

Hostafan, 100% excellent advice, some of the best plants here are the cheapies, lots of seed grown stuff, dahlia merckii, bupleurum longifolia, echinacea pallida, morina longifolia, lythrums, phlox, monardas, aconitums, foxgloves, hardy geraniums, keep splitting them for more stock, only cost a few pence each, but not instant.

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