Richard Hodson

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Favourite late flowering clematis

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 19:15

Negritianka, White Magic, Morning Heaven are some of my favourites

Group 3 Clematis flowering too early

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 17:16

Several of our Viticella Group clematis receive the ' Chelsea Chop ', just cut them back a couple of feet about now, this delays flowering by a few weeks.  Your Dark eyes will not grow very tall, only about 5 or 6 feet.

Clematis ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 15:52

Looks a bit like Lord Nevill

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 06:52
Iamweedy says:

Jess is in the Garden

"Tea bag" pouches are what some nurserymen (probably a machine these days)  plant seeds into.

They are essentially the large versions of actual tea bags, They hold the developing seeds in compost bags but the bags do not expand and the roots cannot easily get through the tea bag fabric. The plant root cannot grow out as they should and the plant is stunted before it gets into your garden soil .

Those in the know now strip off the "tea bag" as soon as possible to let the roots out .

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 Named clematis cultivars are not grown from seeds, they are propagated from cuttings, grafted, division or layering.

Poorly clematis triternata rubromarginata

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:34

It looks very much like wind damage to me, is it in a windy spot ?    Also, you need to grow x triternata rubromarginata in full sun, to get the really strong perfume... it is a viticella crossed with a flammula, the viticellas are relatively easy, flammula is rather finicky, but this cross is many years old and it should romp away. Was it a full size plant you planted, or a supermarket liner ?

Is this Clemetis dead?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:39

A close up of your Comtesse de B shows healthy, fresh, new growth at the leaf joints, although the main stem would appear to have been badly damaged, almost broken, probably best to cut that piece off.

The blackened leaves could be caused by too much nitrogen, what sort of compost have you planted into ?   Or, the black could be a form of mildew, brought on by the roots being too dry.

Climbing beans always anti clockwise?

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 20:11


Climbing beans always anti clockwise?

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 19:52

I read somewhere, I know I will be corrected on this, but plants that originate from the Southern hemisphere have this characteristic, like the water down the plughole.

If so, I would have thought that they would have reverted when brought up North.

Best Clematis for shade

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 14:47

Most species clematis grow through trees and shrubs in their native habitats, but sycamores are not very good hosts in my opinion. The varieties you mention are all Atragene group and flower early, Summer flowering blues such as the species viticella may be worth trying, you would need to make sure that you prepare the ground correctly then water the plant regularly to help it establish.

Last edited: 06 May 2017 14:48:14

Non Flowering/bare Montana Clematis

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 21:06

I have magnified your picture and the plant looks OK to me, there is green growth at all the leaf joints, when you say 3 years old, how big was the plant when you planted it ?  Was it a full grown, 2 litre pot plant or a supermarket liner ? Where are you located, North or South ?  It looks as though it could be quite windy through your trellis, is it ?

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