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Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 12:31

Caerulea Luxurians ??-----------No such plant.

Maybe you mean Luxuriant Blue ?

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 06:07

Sorry, I thought the thread was discussing Viticella Group clematis, not Group 3's.

Madame Julia Correvon, raised c.1900, must have seen a few gritty winters.

Viticella Hanna, raised in Sweden, is bombproof hardy.

Caerulea Elegans ??---------No such plant.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 19:10

Prince Charles, Niobe, flammula, Victoria, Huldine, Red Ballon, Blue Angel, are not viticellas, and the montanas are early season.

Madame Julia Correvon, Rubra, Kermesina are all good red viticellas, Chatsworth is a good pale blue flattish flower, Hanna is a pale blue nodding bell, lovely, both viticella.

The native species, vitalba, is superb though trees, summer flowering and scented, or I have several other species, have a look at this ladakhiana, raised here from seed. Sorry unable to upload picture.

Perfumed viticella x triternata rubromarginata is highly scented ( flammula x viticella ) much better, tougher, than species flammula as it has viticella root system.


Clematis problem

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:19

Some clematis need planting deep, others do not.

rosemummy---------today 2 of them have slightly wilted tips to sems. ( stems ?)

Not wilted, probably wind damage.

Clematis problem

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 18:50

 It is impossible to diagnose the problem with your 2 clematis without knowing the cultivar, or species, names and the Group that they belong to.

If you are saying that the foliage died from the bottom upwards then it is probably caused by the roots being too dry or the plants being planted into some over-rich high nitrogen compost.

Not wilt, more clues please.

summer flowering shrubs?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 19:51

Any of the earlier flowering shrubs can be brightened up during the Summer months by growing a clematis through them. The viticellas, several of the taller herbaceous and many of the Viorna Group, crispas, pitcheri, texensis look stunning, are bomb-proof hardy and reliable.

This is Buckland Beauty, ideal through a green shrub or holly bush, not jazzy, and flowers July to September-ish.


evergreen clematis

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 18:13

Your original plant sounds as though it was the true Apple Blossom, pink buds dveloping to pinky white flowers, very fragrant.

Your new plant is possibly a seedling or another form of c.armandii, there are several, many of the clematis are wrongly labelled, especially the imports.

anyone willing to take me out for a day to learn a thing or two?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 20:05

Good luck, Jon, stick at it, mate, as a 74 year old self employed nurseryman with an intensely planted  garden my advice would be to offer your services free for a few hours a week to a local jobbing gardener, now is the ideal time of year to get stuck in. Start by learning the basics, lawn mowing, lawn edging, feeding, weeding, pruning then you're off. Be tidy and neat and punctual. The degrees and diplomas mean nothing.


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 18:38

Message for cactusflower57,

I am trying to find a clematis, Thorpe Cloud,

A Google search shows that you had mentioned it a few years ago in this Gardeners World Plants Forum, and you stated that you had been given the plant by Barry Fretwell, the breeder.

Do you still have it ?

Thanks in advance,  Richard.







Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:24

The 30cms. top growth on Morrisons cheap clematis is irrelevant, this would be used as cutting material on a traditional nursery, the root system would be potted on into a 2 litre deep pot for another 12 months or so and the new top growth chopped back regularly, then the clematis would be a saleable size, and plantable.

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