Please help ID these two clems. They both begin blooming anytime from April to May (depending on the winter/spring temps) and again in late summer (the blooms are much smaller). Both bloom on new growth. The color of the center of the white bloom is raspberry. Thanks.
Thank you all very much!! I initially posted my request on Plant ID and someone there reminded me of this forum.
After a ton of research I decided the blue was HF Young but couldn't really be sure. I could not find the white bloom at all though and have been frustrated for 6 years. I agree that it's Miss Bateman (kwanjin also offered Miss Bateman on Plant ID). Finally I can put a name to my 'pain'... LOL! Thanks again!
Thanks Carolyn, I love clematis. My Ville de Lyon was unbelievable this year as well as my Multi Blue. Arabella and Inspiration also did well. I have another one called ALjonushka, which blooms itself to death!
Carolyn, beautiful blooms, I'm green with envy... my clems bloomed spectacularly the first five years but this year was sort of a bust. They were both so leggy and brown from the ground to the top last year that this spring I took them all down to about 18-24". They quickly came back and covered the fence but the bloom, not so much. Miss Bateman barely bloomed and HF was just 'okay'. Also, something has been eating the blossoms - anyone know what and how to prevent?
Earwigs! They're everywhere in my flower beds. I even find them in my kitchen sink! (EW!) I never would have thought they eat blossoms... Thanks so much for the info and I'll get that stuff this weekend.
Earwigs eat everything. They are the bane of the garden. Disgusting!
Carolyn, I have a question and for anyone else out there. My Ville de Lyon has gotten very woody, so that it flowered beautifully, but at the top. Should I cut it down hard in the fall or the spring? I live in a 5b zone.
David - earwigs will devour clematises, hostas, and many other plants. They love dahlias and it's horrid to cut a dahlia for a vase and find it is loaded with them.
Hugobee - I'm not Carolyn but she will probably pop in later. My Ville is also woody/ugly right now. If it wasn't so hot/humid/hazy I'd be out there cutting it back now and then giving it a drink of Epsom Salt.
I definitely cut it back and give it a drink of epsom salts as Arlene said.
Sharon - do you cut back your type 3's in the spring? I typically do this when I see buds starting, which in our zone can be anytime between February and April. I know a good rule of thumb is to cut them back when the Forsythia blooms. That way it is easier to remember to cut them back. When you cut them back, cut them to the first or second node.
You can study the stems and see if you see signs of new leaf breaks by the old blackened leaves. Then it's up to you to decide what to do. I cut mine back and allow new growth to provide the flowers for next year only because I can't stand the sight of black vines.
"Woody" isn't a bad thing. Many get a woody base like this montana Grandiflora. It doesn't impact their bloom at all as you can see by the second photo. Others get thin, ugly, multiple, woody stems but that isn't a bad sign either, just not a pretty one. Those I just endure and put a potted plant to hide the stems.
When I was working in one area last month I ripped the clematis from the iron scrollwork (at the right in this third photo) not realizing I was ripping out the tops of the stems of two clematises. So I'm left with the woody base of multiple stems until they green up again. Thankfully, I guess, the heat is keeping me inside and I don't have to see it.
The best cure for ugly stems that need cutting back, or ugly bases, is definitely caladiums. No need to lift the caladiums in the fall unless you want to, but I don't. I love how they hide the ugly legs and bases of clematises. Next year I'll be ordering many more caladiums for this purpose as well as for the absolute beauty of them. Look for Bill's Classified Ads at the end of December to January for his DG special - caladiumbulbs4less.com - he's the best and so are his caladiums.
Pirl - I have some caladium - what a great idea! And thanks for the tip for the bulbs too, I'll have to put a reminder in my phone as I never remember to look at my to-do list... My stems and leaves are turning brown again from the bottom up - I just hate the way it looks.
I planted money plant seeds in the early spring and then weeks later pulled them all out as weeds. I was so satisfied with my hard work until I realized what I'd done! I watched hoping I missed 1 or 2, but nope. Good job! LOL!
It's rotten when we pull seedlings. You're not the only one to have done it. I pulled some poppy seedlings truly believing they were weeds.
Some caladium are taller than others so I'd avoid the strap leaved varieties (shorter but more leaves) and go for the "fancy" (large, tall leaves) varieties. Here's White Wing by a clematis and it's just not tall enough.
The caladiums will provide some shade/cooling for the clematis roots and they don't disrupt the clematis roots as hosta, perennials or some annuals would do.
The second photo here shows Pink Gem (a strap leaved variety) that's too low to do the job but, happily, the stems don't show anyhow. Live and learn.
The next time you plant seeds you can use either white plastic knives to outline the area and let you know you have seeds planted or something like coffee stirrers to alert you. Both work well and can easily be removed when the plants are growing.
Thanks for the tips on the caladium - I like your pics and the looks of those plants together - AND for the reminder suggestions. Who doesn't have plastic flatware? Those seeds were given me by a generous cousin and she's asking if any of them came up! I stall, a lot! It must have been the high heat... LOL!!
Hi everybody, I have been cutting 6" wide limbs that landed next to me, it was 12' long, it would of gave me a headache, but God is good, it missed me. I also have White Christmas, calediums but mine are not as large leaves also my red one called Florida Cardinal, I bougt them in Lowes, I guess the special place would be better. Pirl, what is the name of your #4 caledium, I like that more then the White Ch. Behind the WCh caledium, I already have 2 large container of Coleus cutting growing very well. My HL Young is blooming since yesterday, so pretty soon I will have some more bloomes. That is a good idea about the coffee stirrers, I always wonder where I planted some bulbs, sometime I dig them out .Etelka
OMG! I forgot to check this thread because I have been so busy worrying about my tomatoes. Carolyn, I must be honest, I haven't done much pruning with my clematis. Ville de Lyon has been left basically as is. So next year I will be more vigilant and prune it back in spring.