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July 15, 2010

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Clematis

Have you ever wondered how to have Clematis blooming all summer? Well, my friends, the answer isn't really that hard to find and the trick is known by most experienced gardeners. The surprising thing is that it's so seldom practised. Here's the secret: plant the right kinds of Clematis. Don't feel badly; it isn't really your fault, because many beginning gardeners start their gardening season by joining that mad, lemming-like and uniquely Canadian practice of rushing to the garden centres on the 24th of May to buy whatever is in flower. Anything that gets people buying plants and gardening is great but let's face it, a Clematis in bloom can be irresistible next to one that isn't and herein lies the problem. Those Clematis in flower in mid-May at garden centres are but a tiny part of the vast variety of Clematis, most of which bloom later.
 



HOW TO IDENTIFY A LONG-BLOOMING VARIETY

Here's some tricks to identify long-blooming varieties:

  1. Look for a Clematis with lots of flowers, a few finished flowers and lots of buds.
  2. Buy your plants from a specialist who knows their plants .... like us.
  3. This is the fail-safe method: Try our LONG SEASON CLEMATIS collection.

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THESE PLANTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW - WE SHIP ON MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS - SHIPMENTS WILL BE HELD BACK DURING HOT SPELLS TO PROTECT YOUR PLANTS.

Other LONG-BLOOMING CLEMATIS VARIETIES

These are varieties that are particularly long-blooming often for 6 weeks or more. Some start in late May, others in August.

diversifolia ALJONUSHKA

Hundreds and hundreds of magenta-pink bells adorn this award-winning beauty from the Caucasus. This non-climbing member of the Clematis family is just finishing its flowering season now, after starting in May. A durable and dependable variety that I grow through my Peonies.

VICTORIA

Big, mauve-pink, deeply-grooved flowers with darker purple bars. A VERY old variety from 1870 that is still grown today for its profuse and long late-season display from midsummer to late summer. Regrettably seldom seen.

Patio Clematis

These compact, long-blooming varieties are specially bred by my friend Raymond Evison for cultivation in pots as well as the garden. They tuck nicely into the smaller urban garden. If you dead-head (remove) the spent blossoms you'll get an even longer show.

ANGELIQUE
(Evipo017) Lightly-scented lilac-blue flowers with red tipped yellow anthers.

CEZANNE
(Evipo023) Large 9-12cm (3.5-5"), lightly-scented pastel blue-violet blooms literally cover this lovely little Clematis.

CHEROKEE - A 2010 introduction
(Evipo041) Light pink flowers with prominent dark pink bars.

PICARDY
(Evipo024) Loads of rich magenta-red flowers with subtle red bars down the centre of each petal

Our unique packaging allows us to ship your plants right through the summer.

HOW WE SHOP FOR TULIPS & DAFFODILS
Some of you might wonder how the heck we find all these Tulips and Daffodils. It is by no means a random thing. Until I took the time to visit Holland I had no idea just how much variety there was. When I spent days and days looking at flowers I soon noticed that some stood out, some really caught my eye, and sometimes I'd find an entirely new flower form. The tricky part is to actually get the bulbs in the quantity and quality we want. Experience and contacts are the only way. The shocking part of all of this is how little is offered here in Canada when you see how much is available. Over 80% of our lising is exclusively available from us.

Our specialty is to offer the very best quality and variety in everything we sell. This isn't an easy thing to achieve, because too much of the mail order trade is more interested in the bottom line than offering great stuff. We take every order personally and over the years many customers have become friends.

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SOME OF OUR NEW INTRODUCTIONS - part I

Lilium CLAUDE SCHRIDE

Here's a martagon hybrid lily with real pizzaz in a striking copper-red colour. Martagon lilies have been loved by gardeners for hundreds of years. Their lovely candelabras of reflexed flowers in early summer would thrill any flower lover but it is their tolerance of shade and their long life that gardeners really appreciate. Few lilies like shade and even fewer are as forgiving as martagons.

Muscari BLUE MAGIC

Muscari often have two-toned flowers because they have fertile and infertile parts in the same flower. Hybridizers have used this trait to produce some wonderful varieties with loads of bloom. BLUE MAGIC is such a magical two-toned muscari with sky blue fertile flowers on top and white-rimmed dark blue lobes below, held well above their short foliage. Fragrant and long lasting.

Narcissus QUEEN'S DAY

Double-flowered Daffodils can be a mixed blessing. They look fabulous in the vase but not so fabulous in the garden where many varieties fall over because their weak stems can't support their large flowers. Some may not actually fall over but have weak necks and can't hold their blooms up high. I saw QUEEN'S DAY in the field this spring and was really impressed. The large, brilliant yellow blooms are upward facing and even though it was a blustery day (it's windy in Holland ... good for windmills) they held themselves high. The reason? Sturdy stems and strong necks. A fabulous new double.

Narcissus FLOWER PARADE

Large, outward-facing flowers in a mixture of cream and orange on a relatively short daffodil just over 40cm tall. Like QUEEN'S DAY it has sturdy stalks and strong necks. We really love this colour

Tulip CANDY KISSES

(Triumph - early season tulip) What can I say? It was love at first sight when I saw her for the first time this spring. A superb colour blend of light pink with touches of apricot and dark pink with dark stems. She is our cover girl this year and will sell out quickly

 

 



 

 

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