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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:05 PM
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2 New Clematis

I decided to buy a couple of new clematis this year...well I have bought one each year for a few yrs. I have alot of fence that is frost fence and I like to not have to look into the neighours yard. So I have been trying to cover it and what better way than a beautiful clematis.

Here are the 2 I bought..

First is the Star of India and Second is the Polish Star.

The first picture color is really way off..The one I have is more burgundy than purple but the second pic is exact.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:22 PM
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Do you have good luck with clematis, Winston? I can't get the darn things to grow. I love them, though, they're such a lovely climber if you can get them established!

So will they bloom this year, yet, or do they need a year or two to settle in before they flower?
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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:37 PM
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I too have tried to grow clematis. Previous owners to our house had white ones so I tried to plant two White Henry's mixed in with a red Blaze rose climber and no success.

So is the one you have a Polish Star, Winston? It's beautiful.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:37 PM
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Hazel I bought 1 that has a bloom already but generally they need at least 1 yr I think before they bloom.

I bought all the ones I have from a farmers market in Hamilton here from a lady that has a nursery flower shop type set up. They all were awesome. I saw her today and she finally told me she wont be getting anymore?? So I went elsewhere. I do have good luck except I always end up loosing the tags that come with them and can never remember whether to cut them back or not? clematis ar funny some you trim and some you just leave them.

My biggest is spread out across about 6 feet of fence and its the Nelly Moser..sort of pinky purple...really pretty. I also planted beside it a Duke of Edinborough and that one is white and its a double...really nice..

I am really excited to see the blood red one I bought last year. I forget the name of it now but it didnt bloom last year and this year there are lots of blooms.....

I will take some pics for you Hazel when they bloom which wont be long now.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:52 PM
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How can you have flowers when we're getting snow!

Sorry...that just slipped out. I guess I should be thankful I don't have anything planted yet.

I'm looking forward to those pictures, Winston!
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Old May 8th, 2010, 04:30 AM
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That second one is gorgeous, Winston. About a month ago one nursery had lots of them here and I was so tempted, but so many have spoken of how you need just the right position/climate etc for them that I chickened out of buying one. It might be far too hot in Summer here perhaps. I'd love to see photo's of yours blooming. By the way, what is frost fence?
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Old May 8th, 2010, 06:43 AM
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all you really need to get them to grow is to shade their roots, either plant a low growing plant at their base or as I did, put a few rocks.....I have them all over the yard, sunny corners and sun/partially shaded
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They are gorgeous, but like so many others here, I flopped when trying to grow them. I bought 4 when they were on sale at the garden center last year and they did actually start up the trellises I had set for them, but I admit I have the black thumb of death when it comes to gardening and this year..... clematis plants.

I tried taking the root portion of the 2 that fared better and transplanted them into a planter on my porch hoping that they may come back, but I am not too hopeful.
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Old May 8th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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all you really need to get them to grow is to shade their roots, either plant a low growing plant at their base or as I did, put a few rocks.....I have them all over the yard, sunny corners and sun/partially shaded
We can get it up to 45C in summer, or even 47C like on Black Saturday when so many people were killed here in bushfires, and even the north side of a pine tree at our gate was scorched brown just by the hot wind that day. I shall have a good think about where one could go and maybe try it once, but I wouldn't be optomistic.
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2 New Clematis ? Sounded like STD's when I read the tittle

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I couldn't help myself.
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Old May 8th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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I love clematis .......they are sooo pretty.

I would love to try and grow them to hide our wire fence but I know the dogs won't leave them alone and they're on the poisonous list.
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Winston,I too have a fence to hide and I find the Clematis is really easy to grow,I am sure your new one will bloom even this year.

I cut them back in the spring anf they grow like crazy..I'll check for pics from last year,since they are not blooming yet,hundreds of buds though
I only have 3 though..but have other things growing against the fence.
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2 New Clematis ? Sounded like STD's when I read the tittle

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I couldn't help myself.
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Winston,I too have a fence to hide and I find the Clematis is really easy to grow,I am sure your new one will bloom even this year.

I cut them back in the spring anf they grow like crazy..I'll check for pics from last year,since they are not blooming yet,hundreds of buds though
I only have 3 though..but have other things growing against the fence.
Everything grows so well for you chico Bet if you took a pic of your thumbs, they'd be green . I'm jealous

I just love clematis, they are so darn pretty . If you want to add some variety, another vine to cover fences is the honeysuckle. They also attract the hummingbirds.
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Old May 8th, 2010, 07:03 PM
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We actually had one on the one side of the yard that belonged to the neighbours and it was really nice. They pulled it out because she saw a possum hanging out in it a couple of times at night...

Chico those are gorgeous! Looks like you have the Star of India like I bought and the Nelly Moser I have too! good choices! The one plant is flowering already.

I paid $45.00 for a Tree Peony last year and it was very small. Well looks like it didnt survive the winter and I cant find the bill....
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If you want to add some variety, another vine to cover fences is the honeysuckle. They also attract the hummingbirds.
Yep, I planted three of those 2 yr ago ......the dogs loved them.
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I had a Honeysuckle one year,it had the nerves to die on me
I like the Clematis,but the blooming period is very short and I also usually have bugs eating the petals

We bought all our plants for my planters and it's COLD,we had to put them all in the shed
L4H,hubby being French and sometimes mixes things up,says I have a green"finger"...LOL
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