A complete guide to clematis

Talk by by Peter Staggs-Gooch from Thorncroft Nurseries

This was our first meeting of the Society since Lockdown and how lovely it was to see every one and enjoy an evening together learning a bit more about our favourite subject, gardening!

This evening we had Peter talking about all things relating to clematis. He showed us that it was possible to have clematis flowering all through the year, starting with Winter with clematis Cirrhosa Freckles or Winter Beauty and Armandii, moving on to Spring where the Macropetala group, such as Markhams Pink comes into its own. Then there are the Montana groups, known to be invasive but Freda is less invasive.

Then to move on to summer flowering and these tend to be the large flowering varieties such as The First Lady, or Pink Champagne, there are so many and new varieties coming along all the time. For Autumn flowering we have the Tanguticas , Bill Mackenzie and the Viticellas, Alba Luxurians and Bella Corning. All these varieties and others can be found on: www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk

Peter then discussed different ways to grow clematis, some small ones such as Pixie can be grown in Patio pots, some scramble and some are good for ground cover, he also mentioned dead heading the flowers to encourage a second blooming later in the year.

Careful planting is the secret to good results with a clematis, and plants with a strong root system at least 2 years old; plant deeply with compost under the roots, and an application of Bonemeal and Micorrhizal fungus to encourage good growth. Clematis like a cool root system so covering with bark chippings and mulch will keep it from drying out which is one of the causes of clematis wilt.

Pruning depends on the flowering time of the plant. Winter and Spring, a light pruning after flowering although some Montanas might need more vigorous pruning to stop it getting out of control. February to March, a light pruning, flowering after June a hard prune in February or March to 2nd pair of buds from soil level.

Peter strongly recommends pruning hard all clematis during their first year to encourage a good root system and more shoots to form underground.

Peter finished his talk with questions from his audience and an invitation to view all his Gold Medal Certificates from Chelsea Flower Show.

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.