Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:42
thanks for all the tips! i think one of my clematis has wilt - again. Monty Don mentioned that the late-flowering types are more robust. does anyone have a view on this? i've lost two hagley hybrids, which i'm sad about as i especially love the dusty pink colour. would there be a late-flowering one, that's robust, in a similar colour?
another clematis question: a neighbour keeps giving me dire wanrings not to fertilise the clematis. she says hers died when she did. i do fertilise mine, but she's made me nervous, so i've held back a bit. i think they're looking a bit pale. i have three early-flowering ones left (one of which may have the wilt, although i see no blackening of leaves and stems yet), and one healthy-looking late flowering one (rouge cardinal). and an evergreen one. i've used a bit of general purpose fertiliser, and a good rich compost, but just as a mulch so as not to disturb the roots.