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buds of clematis
- Clematis in flower arrangements
- Clematis 'W.E.Gladstone'
- Clematis 'Ruby
Glow' - not so new!
size on C. 'Arctic Queen'
early May, all of a sudden some healthy and plump
buds on my C. 'H.F.Young' and 'Dawn' drooped
and appeared very limp. I examined the stems
carrying the buds and there was no sign of wilt
or damage by slugs and snails. Please give me
reasons for the behaviour of the buds. How can
I prevent this?
From my observations, sudden changes
in atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity
seem to cause the buds to droop in some varieties
of clematis. There is very little one can do to
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Could you please
recommend four or five clematis flowers which
will be good in flower arrangements? What precautions
should I take when cutting clematis flowers for
flower arrangements? How can I ensure that cut
flowers of clematis from my garden will last
as long as possible with other flowers?
The following clematis have been
chosen because they are readily available, have
good colour, but in the main possess strong stems
and good lasting qualities - up to four or five
days after cutting. C. × durandii, C.
Duchess of Albany', C. heracleifolia
Gillian Blades' and C.
Precautions to be taken when cutting
the flowers: cut only early in the morning or evening.
Select only the blooms in good condition growing
on strong and healthy stems. Use flowers which
are not fully open, as they will unfurl their sepals
(tepals) gradually after cutting and placing them
in water. Always use a pair of sharp secateurs
or scissors and make a clean cut.
Conditioning: Remove the foliage
from the flower stems ( petioles or stalks). Light
a candle, recut stems of chosen flowers and hold
each of the stalks over the candle flame for about
10 seconds and stand in tepid water up to about
half height of stem. When sealing the stems make
sure to hold them horizontally so that the flame
only touches the new cut and does not affect the
blossom. Allow flowers time for a long drink before
using. Over night is ideal.
Lasting qualities: There is no certainty
as to the lasting qualities of clematis or any
cut flowers. The more care taken in selection,
cutting and conditioning, the better the chance
that they will last longer. However, there are
many other extraneous factors which will influence
the time they last in an arrangement, most notable
being, the environment, central heating, weather
and day to day care and attention to the arrangement.
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Noble of Sunningdale in 1881. It
received a 1st class certificate from the Royal
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I saw an advertisement
in the June issue of a popular gardening magazine
which stated that C. 'Ruby Glow' is a new variety/
newly introduced. Is this information correct?
I would like to know more about this clematis.
Clematis 'Ruby Glow', a Canadian
variety was first introduced in the United Kingdom
in 1972, by Jim Fisk of Fisk's Clematis Nursery,
Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3AJ UK. 'Ruby
Glow' (Lanuginosa group) grows to a height
of 2 - 2.5 m ( 6 - 8 ft), and has a long flowering
period from May to September. The flowers are glowing
rosy-purple with pale stamens, 15 -20 cm (6 - 8
in) in diameter. Pruning is optional.
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there many scented clematis?
Not many clematis are strongly scented!
Try the following: C. montana '
C. armandii, C. x aromatica, C. cirrhosa, C. heracleifolia
its cultivars '
C. flammula, C. integrifolia
are my C. 'Arctic Queen' blooms so much smaller
than those on your display plant?
Display plants are more mature and
probably larger than yours and are grown with very
special care under glitches conditions. On the
other hand, your plant is subjected to natural
elements, such as wind and wet, in the open garden.
Regular watering and feeding, as well as shelter
from strong winds, will help your plant to produce
good blooms also.