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2022 - Clematis



  • DedekindDedekind Posts: 172
    I got a cheap Montana last year at B&Q for 5 or 6 pounds. It's thriving, and it's not even in a great spot.. if I posted a picture of where I planted it I'm sure I'd get lots of responses telling me that it's the wrongest place in the world for it.. I think most plants are tougher than we think. 

    I also don't have time or patience to pot and plant and replant etc so I just try to plant things directly into what I consider it the best available spot. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,940
    @PatsyFagan, I keep my plant labels in an old shoe box, in alphabetical order under plant name. If I'm really organised, I scribble on the back the date I got it and where I planted it. I find the labels gradually fade and then disintegrate over time if left on the plant.

    Doesn't always work but I do try!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 650
    I do the same @Busy-Lizzie but I also have a list so I can tell where they are (mainly so I can know which pruning group they are). However, I have Etoile Violette and Dark Eyes which I got muddled up and they are so similar that I can't tell the difference. Fortunately both gp 3 so it doesn't really matter. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,940
    That looks very promising @Busy-Lizzie, I love the colour of that Multiblue.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • I've just discovered my 1st clematis tragedy of the year - Guernsey Cream, that I bought as a £2 baby from Mo's, and planted end of summer last year, has keeled over.
    Not sure if it's frost or the wood pigeons that are charging around chasing each other or something smaller and slimier. It had a few buds on it, so I was going to let it flower then prune and secure it! 
  • @Suesyn etoile violette and dark eyes are easy to tell apart cos etoile has yellow stamens 🙂
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378
    Don’t give up on it yet. It might still reshoot from under the soil, especially if you’ve planted it deeper than it was in the pot. I had this happening with two clematis (group 2 and group 3) I’ve thought I’ve lost.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,421
    ...your Clematis in your old garden were totally magnificent.  I hope they are as good for you where you are now..  Nice border too, very rural isn't it?..
    East Anglia, England
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,070
    Thank you @Marlorena, I can say the same about your roses! Wonderful.

    My home in Dordogne is very rural but it's only 5 minutes drive from a market town and supermarket. All the plants here have been planted since last spring so early days yet. 
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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