For the past few months I’ve been buying a beautiful blue clematis that is now being sold as a cut flower by some florists. Not only does it look wonderful in a vase, but it also lasts at least two weeks while the flowers progressively open. Thanks to a press release from the British Clematis Society I now know that it is an old-fashioned herbaceous clematis (grows to about 2 metres, so better for the back of a border than as a climber) called Clematis durandii. Obviously the flowers that I buy at this time of year are grown undercover, but I think I might buy a couple for relatively compact colour in the summer borders. It can also be grown in large containers.
One for the Diary
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...
Fri 02.05.2014 - Sat 03.05.2014
Herb Farm Open Days @ Jekka’s Herb Farm, Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, South Glos. BS35 3SY
Dates: 2nd-3rd May, 30th-31st May, 27th-28th June, 13th July (NGS), 25th-26th July, 3rd August (NGS) read more...