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Clematis still in bloom

  • Clematis still in bloom
  • Clematis still in bloom

Growth will have been checked following the heavy frost we had last night in York but this is a welcome shot of colour on these cooler days, lucky me as it survived. Anyone else have clematis still in bud or blooming?

Comments (11)

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    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    Yes, it is odd, I have mixed some clematis on a large metal arch for a a customer and the Nelly Moser as well as a viticella type is flowering happily alongside the winter flowering 'freckles'. The equally odd thing is that the cirrhosas, including Freckles started flowering in June!. My nelly moser was in full bloom this morning high up in the Myrtus chequen which incidentally, has I noticed, still got white flowers amongst it's leaves. Finally today, not clematis I know, I saw a salvia 'Hotlips' in full flower, and pure white, it was pure red in spring, then red and white, and now........ What an amazing plant, I think, though I can't explain the colour changes. But this is West Wales and we just had enough frost to barely curl the ends of the nasturtium leaves, and non in our garden otherwise the tender plants I forgot to put in the greenhouses would have Copt it. Fewww, a reprieve for once. I'm not gloating, we do catch it sometimes, but it's the wet that's the problem here, it is great that it has stopped raining for a while, the first decent break for at least 2 years for us, everyone is much happier, at the moment.

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    Jed Swindells

    My Nelly Moser is flowering as well !
    She's a tough old girl and has flowered well for the last 30 odd years.

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    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    Yes, I think the oldies are the best

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    Rachel the Gardener

    I've just been instructed by a Client to cut down her C. viticella 'Polish Spirit', which I've been putting off doing for weeks as it is still flowering! However, when the Client insists.... but yes, it's still flowering.

  5. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    No worries, as you know, these can be cut down each year to the ground if required, but in flower? It's a bit galling sometimes following a determined clients wishes, but that's what they pay us for, so just close your eyes and mind the fingers.

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Oh, don't worry, I have to do it every year, but this year in particular - as you said - the clematis do seem to be flowering for longer than usual.

    I would never cut a viticella down to the ground, by the way: for this group, the best regime is to cut them 18"-2' off the ground, just above the previous year's cut. This way, you get double the number of flowering stems each year.

    And for your information, I would never close my eyes while pruning!!

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    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    There is one dead cert on this subject all my years in this Job, I have come to the conclusion that plants do not read gardening books and everyone seems to have the right way to do things, I do not profess to that, in the end I made my mistakes and learned accordingly oh, and I am still learning. No one will ever know it all.

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    Jim Edwards

    Ah but your right all the oldies are the best

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    Let's enjoy them while they continue blooming, sounds like we're lucky this year.
    Rob, I agree the salvia Hotlips is superb, changing colour throughout the seasons - one of our fellow GPSwappers sent me a rooted cutting (thanks Win) which put on a lovely show this year. I've dug it out and put it in the greenhouse over winter and taken cuttings too. I exchanged salvia uliginosa with Win, which is still in flower here. A tall blue plant which I'd hate to lose but haven't got any protected yet - next job on the list.

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    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    I used to have a lot of salvias at one time.they are trey pretty aren't they, very variable as well. The National collection, or at least part of it is at Kingston Maurwood College in Dorset, well worth a trip down to see and buy up a few goodies. I also used to know the comedienne Miiranda Harts mum. She has a wonderful garden in Hampshire and when open to the public, she used to sell a stunning array of salvias. One she introduced me to was S rhoemeriana a fairly tough Texan with a dwarf habit and postbox red flowers. Like a lot of them, it needs protection in winter as they range from China through Asia throughout the Europe and the Med., down to S Africa and throughout all the Americas. What a lot of growing conditions to sort out. But non I think are too difficult, the Chaparral sage from California finds our Winters difficult but that's about it to my knowledge. Given a bit of protection, the tender ones are fairly easy and cuttings take readily as do the seeds grow readily. My favourite at the moment is the Californian white sage, S Apiana, yes great for bees as name sugests, this I got as seed from Chilterns. It grew easily without fuss, it is a bit like normal sage but is a shrub to 6ft, or so and the whole plant is white! Leaves , stems, flowers. An amazing plant, along with it's strong attractive smell.

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