Hi everyone, my Duchess of Albany is reblooming, and so did Crystal Fountain. My
NOID that I believe is some kind of viticella is also reblooming, and I haven't cut it back this year, which i did do last year and got tons of blooms. The Arabellas (I have 4) continue to put up new stems and blooms.
Unfortunately my Patricia Ann Fretwell was weed whacked by the yard guys down to 2 inches in height last week while we were on vacation. I see some new leaves sprouting already from the very short stem that was left. Annette
You must love Arabella! I'll have to check it out. Hurray for the rebloomers.
As I was working in one tight area I pulled on a clematis to get the old growth out of the iron scrollwork and, much to my shock, I removed growth of three clem's. Now Fireworks is a one inch stick, Duchess of Edinburgh (2) is a mass of short brown sticks and Lemon Chiffon fared best, now two sticks at 5" maximum. I gave them all an ES drink and with all the rain we've had I hope I see new growth in the next two weeks.
Good luck with PAF, Annette. I bet it will bounce back. Those edging guys give me grief, too. Either they go too far or don't go far enough and I'm left to tend to the edges with a scissors. In 96 degree heat it's just not fun.
Thanks Arlene, I'm following your recommendations for the ES, composted manure, bone meal , and mulching at planting time. I also planted them with Bayer 3:1 when I put them in to prevent destruction by the Japanese beetles that occurs here in the summer. They got their last dose of ES earlier this month, and are due for another dose this week.
I will take a pic tonight. There are lots of buds on it right now. Lots of flowers too.
It got broken off at the base early this spring and I really wasnt sure if it would come back at all. It was not a good performer for me last year. It is only its 2nd year so I guess I shouldnt be so impatient. :)
Right! Most of the tiny co-op type clem's take the full three years even though a person may get a few blooms the first and second year. With larger, more established clem's, the second year is heavenly and the third year is great. Brushwood and Garden Crossings are always looking so good in the second year and I'm sure it's the same or better for Silver Star Vinery. "You get what you pay for" is certainly true with clematises.