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Arianrhod 
Posted: 25-Mar-2004, 10:24 PM
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Sounds like You , Jason and Myself have a love for Clematis..

I have two Nelly Mosers.. coming up on the lattice at the end of the back porch..
They are happy there, feet in the deep shade ,, coverd with ferns,,
Heads in the sun...
I ran some Autum varities along the fence last year, pretty flowers, and they go till a hard frost, I am hoping to train them along some netting ...we shall see...

I plan on trying a few other kinds this year, they take a while to mature..
but they are so well worth it ... my Nellys flowers get the size of dinner plates smile.gif

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Posted: 26-Mar-2004, 04:06 AM
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I'm not so keen on the dinner plate ones like Nelly Moser - I used to have 4 or 5 of them, but they only flower early and then nothing until a few peely-wally blooms at the end of the summer. I've now got one! I replaced them with viticellas. If you have the opportunity and can find them, I'd highly recommend both Etoile Violette and Minuet. Both are prolific bloomers - the dusky deep purpled EV looks great with a Perle D'Azur (almost a true 'blue' rather than purple tinged flower) growing through it. Minuet has small four petalled whitish-cream flowers just tipped at the very edges of the flower with a pinkish-purple colour.... very delicate and not quite so prolific as EV....
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Posted: 26-Mar-2004, 07:07 AM
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Both of those would fit in with my colours !

They do bloom early.. but I have found with a bit of trimming , about 2 weeks after.. I get a re bloom ,, with in a month.. that is lovley,, not as big .. but lots of flowers.. and one more late in Sept.. you are really sort of tricking the plant...
but I have been told, it does not stress it out...
I also give a dose of .. bone meal.. which drives the dog crazy... and after the first bloom, a bit of *yuck* dried blood... to keep the plant from becoming anemic ...

I have Moon Flowers, and the big cultivated Morning Glories on the same lattice..
I love the flowers, and the big cool heart shaped leaves.. they give both privacy and shade.. and they three of them seem to share the spot well ..
I leave the vines, till around now, and they re seed them selves...
I have a Robin that returns to a nest , in the elbow of the drain pipe.. year after year, I like to leave some of the dead vine for her.. she uses it...for freshening up the nest... I start to brush the dog outside this time of year and , leave the clumps of fur for the birds... and the lint from the dryer basket too .. I love to see them come and collect them !

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Posted: 26-Mar-2004, 08:40 AM
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I have 4 of the EV's and I believe one of the Minuet. Doesn't it bloom in the Autumn??? If so that is more than likely the variety I have. I was an Idiot and forgot to write it down. I will give m'self a bit of a break though.... since it is the first year in the house. I can't belive it's been almost a year! WOW!!!!


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Posted: 26-Mar-2004, 09:56 AM
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The Minuet starts blooming about mid-June in the UK.... The later flower ones (particularly a yellow variety with nodding, downward looking flowers) are usually Clematis Tangutica rather than C.Viticella...

Goodness, I'm beginning to sound like I'm auditioning for one of the BBC's gardening programmes!
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Posted: 26-Mar-2004, 09:26 PM
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Pssssssssssst Cat *nudge* starting ? wink.gif

Its just that I can HEAR you speak in my head when you write...
and you just sound so professional !
I can just see you out there in your wellies, in that lovley Scotish Summer.. tending the roses..
Whist your hunk of a gardner, labors away in the back ground...
*sigh*

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Posted: 27-Mar-2004, 05:12 AM
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Would that it was so,Paula...!

'My' gardener toils all day Tuesdays - and arrives AFTER I leave in the morning and is gone by the time I get back.... He's a friend of our next door neighbour, so I see more of him when he's spending a leisurely Sunday at their house, and we talk over the garden wall...!

I'm off to the nurseries this morning... I want to replace a number of the ericas (heathers) that have just got too woody to trim back successfully.

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Posted: 27-Mar-2004, 05:15 AM
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Perfect way to spend a Saturday Morning ..
Wish I was going along... enjoy !

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I too was at the nursery Saturday! wink.gif
We went out to see what was 'comin' up' in the Garden and the Clematis is already starting its new growth. So, I cut back the old woody growth and got it ready for its climb. Jody found a very pretty diamond trellis. and I set that in and started the clematis 'snaking' through it.

It should look *very* pretty this spring/summer. I will take some photos and post them once it gets blooms!!!!

I know I'm not the 'hunk of a gardner' wink.gif but I'll have ta do ....here in this 'Garden gate'... laugh.gif cool.gif
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