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Hard winter but we had flowers

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    Posted: 21 Dec 2010 at 10:41am
Good morning,
To lighten up this Forum a bit I had the idea to upload some flower pictures. We have quite a hard winter already in Holland with a lot of snow and browsing through the pictures I just have to conclude we had a great flowering clematis year.
Best wishes, Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year,
Wim
 
Clematis JOHN HOWELLS and Clematis 'Little Bas'
 
Clematis rehderiana and Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie'
 
Clematis FOREVER FRIENDS and Clematis 'Princess Diana'
 
 
 
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  Quote Ron.Carlile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 12:36pm
Good afternoon Wim
Nice collection of clemtis flowers noticed C.rehderiana among them.
Was there any conclusion regarding the query regarding leaf like growth  behind the flower on C. rehderiana , I had a look at my plants , but all I found were small stalk like growths which are on the start of the flowering cluster of buds .
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Edited by Ron.Carlile - 12 Jan 2011 at 12:39pm
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  Quote Wim Snoeijer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 1:51pm
Good Afternoon Ron,
 
I am not sure what you mean exactly, sorry. I think, that when the plant seem to start making flowers but they do not develope this might has to do that the plant start to make flowers too late in the season and because of temperature drop and shorter day time the flowers do not develope. I see this for instance on both Clematis rehderiana and Clematis connata. The annual shoot is 7 or 8 meter long, when pruned hard, and on the top end, say 2 meter, of that shoot the flowers are set but never develope because of the reasons above.
 
I guess when you have a juvenile plant this can happen along the whole shoot. When the plant is old(er), the shoots will flower normally.
 
In Holland, Clematis rehderiana is one of the (more or less) winter hardy clematis that flower last outdoors, so when cold temperatures starts early we have hardly any flowers.
 
Another thing is that when you prune the plant too late, say March, the cut off stems will start bleeding which will attrack that nasty orange fungi. This will have an effect that the plant has problems making new shoots so has a very late start which be in June even. Problem is, when you prune in November, the plant might be killed by frost in combination with, in Holland, wet weather. So, what option to choose? Perhaps moove house & garden to a site where Clematis rehderiana will florish without any problem? A good reason to move house, by the way.......... ("Honey, my rehderiana does not flower well, shall we move to south France?")
 
I think this answer is too long but I hope it covers you remark. If not, please let me know.
 
Best wishes from Holland,
 
Wim


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  Quote Ron.Carlile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2011 at 2:29pm
Good afternoon Wim
Now my brain is starting to to remember things I now think the subject came up
on gardenbuddies ( Leafs behind the flower head on C.rehderiana ) which you said you would look at when you returned home.
My C.rehderiana is a two year old grown from seed , even in the horrible weather we have has this year it flowered well . Due to other things I have not got around to cutting it back , and was going to wait until the end of the month  
but reading your mail I will try for next week .   I do not think my wife would go along with your last Idea ,
Best Wishes from England
Ron
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