P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 7 Feb 19:27/52   1/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  CEEFAX gardening expert Felicity Bryan When there's still time for planting, why not grow some clematis. It comes in a wealth of varieties, so buy a book or catalogue before making a choice. I know someone who grows 32 varieties in a small back garden, covering her high walls with flowers from spring to autumn. Take care with clematis montana though, as it can smother other plantsN Conversely, if you have an old shed or ugly tree to cover, go ahead and have a mass of pink or white flowers in May. More
P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 7 Feb 19:20/02   2/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  CEEFAX gardening expert Felicity Bryan In April, the evergreen C. armandii blooms with hundreds of tiny white flowers. As it grows in the shade it is ideal for covering a dingy town wall — though most clematis tend to look best climbing up other plants. I grew a deep purple jackmanii up a coral Albertine rose, to great effect. Tiny white C. Viticella is also enchanting. By mid-summer there are hundreds of the small flowered clematis in bloom. Soft mauve vyvian Pennell repeats its lovely double flowers in autumn. More
P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 7 Feb 19:24/40   3/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  CEEFAX gardening expert Felicity Bryan C. Duchess of Albany has soft pink bell-like flowers while bright red Julia Correvon has delicate small onesN By contrast, C.henrii has huge single white flowers and The President has a mass of large mauve blooms. In autumn comes C. orientalis with its thousands of bright yellow flowers like chinese lanterns. Remember that clematis like their feet in shade as they tend to dry out. Also, on a south facing wall they might fade. So go for sun half the day. More
P260 CEEFAX 260 Fri 7 Feb 19:27/11   4/4 :.   ::.   vvvvvvvvvvvvv((((((((((((((((((((((  CEEFAX gardening expert Felicity Bryan TIPS FOR THE WEEK Think of using cloches to warm up the soil for sowing later in the month. If you don't have any, then thick plastic held in place with stones should do the job. Sow some early sweet peas in pots on a window sill. Ones planted now will result in a lovely early shoots. Try to select some interesting new colour combinations from available cataloguesN More