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ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,583

I have been nurturing a teeny 4" stem of clematis that I found here last July when we bought the place.   It now has several stems and loads of flowers which have finally opened.

It's probably a group 2 but who knows?  I'd just like to know who I'm talking to.

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    Looks lovely. A good find!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,851

    Maybe The President? Lovely whoever he/she is! image

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  • Hortum-cretaeHortum-cretae Posts: 979

    I'd have said Elsa Spath.

    H-C

  • KeenieKeenie Posts: 29

    Looks like one I have and that's Elsa Spath

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,583

    Thanks.  It does look a lot like Elsa Spath in form but today the central rib of the petals is darker and this site suggests they should be paler - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?bkey=158 

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  • Hortum-cretaeHortum-cretae Posts: 979

    It's difficult, isn't it, the flowers varying on different soils and different weather conditions. I went for Elsa Spath because it looks right and she's a readily available and currently popular variety. I tend to look for the most likely!  There are a few to choose from, certainly.  Despite the number of pruning groups defined by the RHS, they are actually very easy to look after, with good food, readily available moisture and a tidy up in spring for most!

    H-C 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,583

    Given the limited choice of clems available round here I'd agree it has to be one that's easily found.

    I reckon it was planted a few years ago and then neglected, like the rest of the garden, when chappy upped and left about 4 years ago now.   Whatever it turns out to be it's done well to recover so I shall continue to nurture it and give it pep talks and a proper climbing support one of these fine days.

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  • Looks a bit like Lord Nevill

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,583

    I think it might be this one - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=154 

    French bred so more than likely but there are so many clems out there now, who knows?

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