Clematis companions

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Clematis companions

C.A.
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Joined: September 22nd, 2002, 2:21 am

March 9th, 2004, 11:02 pm #1

I bought a clematis from Malcolm last year (please don't ask me which one as I've forgotten and its too dark and cold to dive out to the greenhouse to see whether I can read the label!). Its been stored in the greenhouse all winter waiting for March so that I can plant it out. I am planning to put it here:

planting it in the square of soil in the corner and training it along the trellis behind the seats.
1. Is it OK to plant it now - even though we are still having frosts at night - bearing in mind that it has been cossetted all winter?
2. I would like to grow something else to climb up the back wall and/or to cover the conservatory low wall. Does anyone have any ideas - especially for scented plant(s) as we sit on the chairs in the sun drinking tea and admiring the pond which is just in front.
3. I know clematis like to have their roots in shade so I was hoping to grow something low to act as shade rather than just cover the soil with gravel - anyone got a suggestion as to what would look good?
PS It took me two hours to clear that little tiny square of soil!! I must be getting old!!
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jo m 1
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Joined: November 8th, 2002, 5:16 pm

March 10th, 2004, 12:28 am #2

CA,
It's looking rather good well done you!
1. - I personally wouldn't plant it out yet, especially if it's been in your greenhouse. Maybe you could harden it off a bit first? Then plant it deeper than it is in the pot.
2. - scented climber? Perennial or annual? sweet peas? honeysuckle! or a rose.......Zepherine Drouhin is beautiful - pink, scented & thornless or do you want something a bit more exotic?
3. - lavender - it will shade the roots, fill a bare patch AND smell delightful too
It might depend on what variety / colour your clematis is though
good luck
jo
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Joined: July 28th, 2002, 11:33 pm

March 10th, 2004, 5:11 pm #3

Chris Ann and Jo I bought one of Malcom's Clematis, called 'Arabella', I planted it out late summer to climb up the arch and pruned it down to 2' last week and it has loads of lovely buds, have I been lucky
Hope to get to buy more from him this year because the quality is so good and they were all very reasonable
You both take care now Granny Bunty
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salli c
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Joined: February 13th, 2003, 4:35 pm

March 10th, 2004, 6:07 pm #4

Ooooh Malcolm, grovel, grovel Clematis Arabella is on my plant wish list. Any chance of putting one aside for me when we come down if you have any to sell this year?

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kitty58
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Joined: April 8th, 2003, 11:51 pm

March 10th, 2004, 6:47 pm #5

Sal You should look at their site...it is amazing

Kitty



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March 10th, 2004, 6:50 pm #6

You just wait till you see it in the flesh in July Kitty

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kitty58
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March 10th, 2004, 7:12 pm #7

Goodness knows which catalogue I was looking at but it suggested growing clematis through Solalum Crispin Glasveden. I know I won't have spelt it correctly. It rows quite tall but benefits from being cut back hard. Someone else will advise better

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Joined: June 26th, 2003, 5:58 am

March 10th, 2004, 11:40 pm #8

Wondered why my ears were burning tonight
Granny
Glad to here Arabella is doing well for you.
Despite the cold weather, our clematis (89 of them now) are growing well, seems like the season will start earlier than last year too.
Will you be able to make it here for the meet this year?.
Sal
Women groveling to me
Yes we have some clematis here, growing on for sale on our open days, and at the meet. And yes will put your name on an Arabella.
We have asked Pip in an email today if, nearer the time, we could put a list of some of the plants we have for the plant stall on RG. The reason being that we are open for the NGS on the Sunday before the meet. And didn't want to sell all the best plants then, if any RG members wanted a particular plant we would hold it back (on a no obligation without seeing it basis). Will wait to see what Pip says.
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C.A.
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Joined: September 22nd, 2002, 2:21 am

March 11th, 2004, 12:02 am #9

Thanks for your ideas Jo - I like the sound of the rose and I could put sweet peas in this year before it gets going. (I forgot to look at the Clematis label today OH was in the G/H most of the day pricking out seedlings - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!! - there's another thread on what I was doing!!)
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