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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.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 09:08

Wow, £1.79 for little diddy clematis liners at Morrisons, what a rip-off !!

Real nurseries would not sell clematis plants to the gardening public in this form.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:36

Spot on, treehugger, the traditional British garden centre is under threat, these guys should stick to selling their cheap tins of Spam.

New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:41

Any of the viticellas will look good there, what is your colour preference ?

I have 112 different viticella.


New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 21:23

Clematis wilt is not so common as people think.  It attacks mainly the large blousy Group  2 clematis which flower on last years wood.

The clematis armandii is a beautiful Chinese species which is a thug once established, but there are many more failures than successes when growing this plant.

Dig it up and plant a ' proper ' clematis, Group 3 viticella, texensis, or viorna hybrid on your South facing wall.

Group 3 clematis.

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 20:02

Don't forget........tomorrow, 14th February........butcher your Group 3 clematis down to the ground.        The St. Valentines Day Massacre.

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 19:36

No.   It's only a 10 minute job to replant, but entirely your shout.

By the way, there is no pruning group 4.

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