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Clematis care, who's right....

RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 536
Label says late flowering, prune hard.
Internet search says spring flowering, don't prune....


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  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,344
    They're definitely spring flowering - mine is more or less over. I've been going by the 'don't prune' advice (except the first year when I forgot and chopped it all down...)
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,207
    Label is wrong.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 536
    Ok, so prune after flowering, but just tidying up. Flowers on old wood.
    Thanks
    Bad though for people who follow the label advice, as you think you should!
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    Ah, but which bit of the label is wrong? If it’s new and not in flower, it might not be Frances Rivis in which case the pruning advice and flowering times might be right 😊 
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754
    Alpinas don't need pruned unless they need contained, or rejuvenated. One of mine is just starting to go over now, and the other is still in full flower, but they all flower at around April depending on where you are. :)

    As @Nollie says though - it depends on which bit of the label is wrong. Is it flowering - or are there any seed heads?  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,622
    edited May 2022
    'Frances Rivis' does not have ''petunia mauve flowers fading to pale pink''..  can you supply a photo of the foliage on your plant?..  the description sounds more like 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' actually.

    'Frances Rivis'.. 

    East Anglia, England
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,344
    Nollie said:
    Ah, but which bit of the label is wrong? If it’s new and not in flower, it might not be Frances Rivis in which case the pruning advice and flowering times might be right 😊 
    Good point - I made the assumption that the name was correct but I shouldn't have.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754
    The colour is certainly wrong for that variety. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 536

  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 536
    These were photos from April
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