Posts Tagged ‘Clematis’

Clematis ‘Wisley Cream’

January 19, 2014

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A plant I mentioned in my January newsletter – currently in flower in my garden. The parent plant – Clematis cirrhosa – is from the Balearics but is perfectly hardy in the UK. A harsh winter might cut it back, but it would recover. There are several other varieties, such as the ever-popular ‘Freckles’, with maroon-speckled flowers – but I prefer the plain cream one that I grow.

Clematis are supposed to be good bee plants, though I have not noticed any, or indeed any other pollinating insects. Possibly an extended mild period is necessary before they become active. Unlike the later, more flamboyant clematis, this is a plant of subtle, subdued charm. Any necessary pruning can be done in spring, just after flowering.

Clematis ‘Mme Julia Correvon’

July 31, 2009

Doing well in my garden at the moment is Clematis ‘Mme Julia Correvon’. This isn’t one of the showiest – in fact, the dusky pink flowers would be almost lost were they not carried at head height and just above, inviting an upward glance.

This is one of the so-called viticellas, with flowers that are far daintier than the large-flowered types. They repay study. The petals are narrow but substantial in texture and twist back on themselves, so that no two flowers are exactly alike. I cannot claim that mine is trained – instead, I allow it to wander through another shade-lover, the climbing hydrangea (H. petiolaris; interestingly, this still has flowers on it), and from there into a spotted laurel (Aucuba ‘Crotonifolia’) and up into the branches of an old apple tree. The flowers are well spaced (sparse, in other words), but they bring subtle interest to a rather dank part of my garden.

'Mme Julia Correvon' - one of the late-flowering clematis hybrids

'Mme Julia Correvon' - one of the late-flowering clematis hybrids

As a viticella, this belongs to the Group 3s – in other words, you cut it hard back in late winter. At least, you are supposed to, but I cannot remember when I last pruned mine, and have no plans to start doing so.