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Tropaeolum speciosum — 41 Comments

  1. Hi, thanks for reaching out. Surprised I didn’t mention details of this in my post, IT WAS ONE OF MY EARLIER CONTRIBUTIONS. The Information you read was correct. Wait until March before cutting back fully. If you find it too untidy over the Winter, you can trim some away. Dont hesitate to come back.

  2. Hello, found your website while trawling the net to find some information about what if anything we can do to protect our 1 surviving Scottish flame flower plant which we bought this summer 2022. The plant is still full of greenery at these first very cold frosts and after searching all I can find is cut it back when it dies down and it will take care of itself. Could or should we cover it with something ? Any help on this would be really helpful and appreciative……we are in Perth, Perthshire.

  3. Spring or Autumn. Its a bit of a gamble as to whether these plants take. If it does you will find it self seeding generously.

  4. I have tropaeolum speciosum in my garden.
    Should I prune it or cut back the withered stems in the autumn/winter?

  5. Cathy and Steve, the Tropaeolum is such a sensitive plant, it either grows like a weed or sometimes for reasons that cant be explained it will just not take a hold.

  6. Alistair, the first of the bottom 4 photographs should be on a greeting card. What you have accomplished is truly amazing! That vine is intriguing and I’m thinking I’d love to try to find one that is in the same family over here. We have so much fence to cover LOL. We have incorporated a variety of vines to do that.

  7. Hello Janet, probably best to wait until you move before trying the Tropaeolum. I will pass on your message to Myra. I had been intending climbing on to the house extension which has a flat roof to take pictures, then she said take them from the bedroom window, as the kids say, duh!

  8. Hi Alistair, you have really got me thinking. I’ve toyed with planting Tropaeolum speciosum to clamber up the conifer in the back corner of our garden, but was put off my so many people saying it was hard to grow. But if it self seeds as readily as it seems to for you, maybe I could rely on it self seeding in at least aproximately the same place each year? Of course give that we hope to move next year this may be moot, but thank you, nothing beats hearing about someone’s practical experience of a plant.

    On another note, thank Myra for prompting the alternative view of the garden, it reveals the rich tapestry of colour and texture you have created, anchored by your immaculate hedges. Impressive.

  9. dear Alastair, the garden looks fabulous in a different way from above. I once had a photographer visitor who recommended getting on the roof to take a photo but I am a bit scared. Having an upstairs to use is safer. Re the climber – I used not to like the blending of plants but maybe I am more laid back because now i love, it looks so natural. cheers, cm

  10. Hi Alistair, your bedroom window views are so lovely, the color combinations enchanting. If i have those views i might stay always near the windows!

  11. One of my favourite vines Alistair and rescued a few weedy sproutlings out of the garden and into the pot in order to strenthen and establish. Still comparatively weedy and yours are what I dream of seeing

  12. Thanks Larry, that really means a lot, coming from the master. Hope you are getting stronger and you have the full benefit of your surgery come Spring.

  13. Thanks Masha, I am still not happy with the long shots of our garden, still getting that grainy effect which is not present in close ups.

  14. Carolyn, it is so very true, left to their own devices plants will thrive and often look at their best. We are enjoying the comments on Myra’s prowess. Most of what I know of gardening came from Myra.

  15. Alistair, I think you should hire Myra as photo consultant–what a gorgeous shot of your garden. I love plants that self sow. They always seem to know exactly where I should have planted them. I am not kidding when I say that some of my best design decisions were to get out of the way and let the plants decide. Carolyn

  16. That is a beautiful climber, although I am generally wary of big plants that readily reseed… Your back garden is amazing! I don’t think I will ever post pictures of mine after seeing yours …

  17. Alistair… the color in your garden is absolutely amazing… I am overwhelmed by your mastery of gardening and all that you do with it! Larry

  18. Wow, that is some view from upstairs! Your back garden is looking sensational. The colours are beautiful … both from the foliage and the flowers. That Tropaeolum is a stunning looking thing climbing up those trunks. It really does love your garden.

  19. Alistair, your garden looks fantastic! I really enjoy your wide-angled views. Tell Myra, I thank her for suggesting it. Really, really fantastic!

    Enjoyed reading your notes on the T. speciosum. If available here I will keep it in mind when I decide to replace my Thunbergia which my wife calls the Thunbergia monster.

  20. Your tropaeolums scramble around in a very artistic way. I have the canary creeper variety and its one of my favourite plants. I think you would like it if you don’t have it already.

    That was a great idea from Myra – what a view to wake up to !

  21. Alistair – there are many people who would be gritting their teeth to hear such casual talk of self seeding. We have sold tropaeolum to people all over the uk, who try as they might, can’t seem to get it established in their garden, but the rule seems to be that if it likes you, it really likes you. 🙂

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