A Positive ID

Yesterday, the first bloom on one of my mystery clematis opened fully, telling me I was wrong in thinking it was C florida ‘Sieboldiana’ because, with the attractive pinky purple bar to the petals, it is clearly C florida ‘Best Wishes’. The Golfer asked if it was one I would have chosen to buy but, being frost-tender and best in a pot, it wasn’t – too much faff to take in and out of the greenhouse when there are so many other clematis that don’t need this treatment. However, now that I have her, she is very welcome, particularly at her bargain price.

You can’t see from the above photograph that she was affected by last week’s light frosts, but at least one bud-laden stem was blackened, as you can see below. I am not sure whether to cut this off at the base, or if new leaves will form on the stem in due course – does anyone else have experience of frosted clematis? The other mystery one which was also affected was not growing strongly and the leaves were all blackened and now crumble when touched, so do I cut this right down too?

When I was taking these photographs the Golfer thought I was taking photographs of his handiwork, just around the corner; to appease him, I have done that too. Here is a tap, the first of four:

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10 Responses to A Positive ID

  1. bcparkison says:

    To cut or not to cut. do let us know the out come.

    • Cathy says:

      I have contacted the supplier, Beverley, but decided today that the stems were now so brittle they were not going to resprout and have therefore cut them back

  2. hb says:

    Very tidy installation there by your golfer! Lovely clematis…zero experience with frost. I understand with so many cold-hardy Clematis available, a frost sensitive variety seems like an extra complication..

    • Cathy says:

      Same with Group 2 clematis – far easier to have cut right back group 3 and don’t cut back at all group 1!!

  3. I only have hardy ones, so I’m not sure what’s the best course of action. There are so many types of Clematis; some are OK to trim and cut back, while others can be damaged by cutting…but it sounds like you’re aware of this. Good luck!

  4. Very good facility that of the golfer !!! I have never grown clematis but I cannot help you decide whether to cut or not. Sorry. You can look it up on the internet, you will surely find the solution. In Google I find everything. Good luck with that divine clematis. Take care of yourself and the golfer. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      I find Google very helpful too, but it failed me on this question!

      • What a pity! And looking in books that you have of gardening already you will have done it, I suppose. Well, I would leave the “dead” stems for a few days in case they are reborn, because it has happened to me with other plants. Good luck. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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