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Wisley Cream

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Topic: Wisley Cream
Posted By: bcollingwood
Subject: Wisley Cream
Date Posted: 19 Dec 2006 at 12:59pm
Here is what is happening in Sue Reade's garden today! Sue says "I'm thrilled that my Wisley Cream is flowering beautifully for the first time in winter. I've had it for about 5 years and it's flowered in summer, spring but never in winter. Is this because of the mild Autumn we've had or the fact that I threatened to take it out last year and started hacking at it! "

Posted By: suzymac
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2006 at 2:05am
Congratulations, Sue!  We are also having an unseasonably mild winter here in the northern U.S.   I would suppose that your Wisley Cream is feeling the warmth and is giving you a very special gift. How lovely !

Posted By: bluebird1071
Date Posted: 02 Jan 2007 at 7:44am
I have one of the around my back door it has also flowered and although it has before this year it has many more flowers than before.

Posted By: katie
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2007 at 11:30pm

Wisley Cream is so lovely.  Mine has bloomed for three years now.  Unfortunately I must move it mid spring.  Hopefully I will not lose it.

Posted By: keith
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2007 at 9:06am
Just make sure that you buy this variety only in flower, as there are a couple of versions, of which one is, to say the least, not floriferous.


Posted By: katie
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2007 at 12:30am
Interesting, Keith, I didn't know that.  I have Wisley Cream, Freckles and Jingle Bells.  They all flower, even the ones still in containers.  Three years ago I did some cuttings, they took nicely and bloomed within two years.  My only problem with cirrhosa is that they don't care for my dry summer heat.  The vines look real ratty about the first of August. 

I did collect some seeds last year.  Just for fun I have Julia Correvon growing up through the var balearica.  When var balearica started blooming Julia was still blooming.  I don't think they crossed but one never knows.  The seeds from var balearica certainly germinated quickly - within 3 months.  They are growing like weeds.


Posted By: keith
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2007 at 1:37pm
Sad, but unfortunately true, as I have found out myself. Some varieties of cirrhosa can take a while to settle, but Wisley Cream seems to be much worse than the others. I have recently dug out a plant of this variety after approximately 2 dozen flowers in approx. 10 years. I do stress that there seem to be different clones of this plant (seedlings maybe?) as I know of plants in friends gardens which perform regularly. However I do also know of other friends who have had a similar experience to myself, hence my comment about buting only when you can see the actual plant you are buying in flower. In theory of course reputable nurseries would only stock the correct version.


Posted By: bluebird1071
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2007 at 4:44pm
mine has many more flowers than before my last post above but i have to say that i have had quite a number of bees feeding on the flowers

Posted By: katie
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2007 at 6:10pm

Bluebird,  If you have bees it must be much warmer in your climate.  My bees are long gone although I did see a local hummingbird yesterday.  We have at least one kind around here that does not migrate.


Posted By: bluebird1071
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2007 at 7:00pm
Well not quite I am in the Fens UK but it has been quite mild here but it's getting colder.

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