Six on Saturday: Keeping Up Appearances

Clematis in the garden have generally been brilliant this year, perhaps assisted, as I have suggested before, a feeding and watering regime they have not had the benefit of before. Many, however, have run out of steam, but those that started flowering later are still going relatively strong and there are some hangers-on as well.

‘Gravetye Beauty’ (above) is always late to flower, and these flowers have only emerged this week; sadly, despite a huge amount of foliage, flowers are invariably sparse. ‘Prince George’, however, was unusually late to begin flowering this year but is making up for it with his density of blooms:

‘Gypsy Queen’ is always later to bloom than most other clematis, but flowers well and in such a strong purple that her tardiness is readily forgiven; this year, with changes to the screen that she clambers up, she is heading off to the left and our neighbour’s pigeon loft as well as aiming to frame the path to the right as she usually does:

The scrambling non-climbing varieties have earned their keep, with ‘Alionushka’ and ‘Arabella’ still in full bloom amidst the tired borders they sit within:

I struggles to find a sixth clematis to complete my Six on Saturday, the meme kindly hosted by Jon the Propagator, but found more than a handful of blooms still on Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’, albeit smaller and without the green touches they sported earlier in the season. Meanwhile, to build on this year’s successful season of clematis, I am compiling a list of potential locations for additional varieties – after all, you can never have too many clematis (or roses…or witch hazels…or dahlias… or snowdrops, or perhaps even too many plants of any sort)…

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27 Responses to Six on Saturday: Keeping Up Appearances

  1. Heyjude says:

    I was pleased to see my ‘Polish Spirit’ has finally decided to flower, but ‘Princess Kate’ hasn’t turned up at all. I can see some new shoots though which might be her, whether I get any flowers now is doubtful. Next year I shall try and remember to feed and water them.

    • Cathy says:

      I had added Polish Spirit to my wishlist for the new clematis I was going to order, but sadly Thorncroft haven’t got it in stock – glad yours is flowering. I have a shoot appearing on one of the other dormant clematis I lifted, and it’s certainly proving to ave been a worthwhile thing to do

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Brilliant. Clematis really must go on my wish list. So many lovely choices.

  3. Kris P says:

    I can only dream of success like that in growing Clematis. Despite multiple attempts, I’ve only been able to keep one alive, C. terniflora.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s interesting that this one grows for you but others don’t – perhaps because it’s more of an ‘autumn’ species?

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    Prince George looks good value.

    • Cathy says:

      He always flowers well and it’s odd that he was so late this year. The flowers have a crinkly texture too, which is pretty

  5. Great Six! The clematis look great!

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Goodness! It would be nice if we could get them to perform like this. I see them in nurseries, but never performing so well in gardens. They simply dislike the climate here.

  7. Ooooo! What pretty clematis you have! I’m going to look up a couple of those and see if I can get them here.

    • Cathy says:

      Where is ‘here’? I always buy from a clematis specialist for the greatest choice

      • I’m in Northern California (Sonoma County) and the nurseries here tend to have a good selection. I have several varieties, and they do surprisingly well here. At first I thought they would be too delicate since we are in Mediterranean climate zone, but as long as they get a bit of drip irrigation, are planted in a gopher basket, and are not in too full sun, they seem to do quite well. We are about 30 minutes from the coast, so not too coastal nor too hot inland. I’m going to keep an eye out for the red one you have and the soft blue one which I guess is called ‘Arabella’.

  8. Pauline says:

    Your clematis are beautiful and you are rightly proud of them but I feel I cant spend so much time and energy on mine, I will just have to wait and see if they all hopefully survive. I know I’ll be doing a lot more feeding and mulching in the spring in future, but after that, they are on their own!

    • Cathy says:

      The feeding was earlier on the year, at a time when there weren’t quite so many other jobs to do – but mine are in various different places so It was a bit of a challenge not to miss any out!

  9. I have never been lucky with clematis, some of them can be really fussy about where you put them…

  10. Well done! ‘Gravetye Beauty’ is a lovely colour. Most of mine are frazzled 😦

    • Cathy says:

      Shame GB doesn’t flower any better than she does 🙄 The ones I can see from the kitchen windows have flowered their socks off but have had enough now so it’s nice some of the others are still going

  11. I do love seeing the various Clematis that everyone grows. I’m so envious as they unfortunately just will not grow in our climate. You do have a lovely selection!

  12. Cathy says:

    You have the perfect conditions and structures for clematis and it is nice to see they have continued to flower despite the heat this summer. 😃 I still have a couple limping along – too much sun and wind here!

    • Cathy says:

      When you have limited space, having a structure to grow things on makes a big difference… Shame to hear that yours struggle

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