Clematis Perle d Azur from the Jackmanii group is simply sensational.
I know, I have referred to other Clematis in the past as being my favourite, but you know by now what I am like. Truly this has to be one of the best blue flowered Clematis available. Perle d Azur with sky blue blooms measuring 4in across flowers continuously from July to September.
The one which we have, grows over an arch in the main area of the back garden. I found that this Clematis did take a couple of seasons to settle in, but is now robust and gives a wonderful display every Summer without fail. Here in Aberdeen ‘Perle’ d’ Azur’ performs best in a sunny position, coming into flower in July and continuing through till late September.
Pruning should be carried out between late February till the end of March, and it could not be simpler, just cut the stems hard back to buds which are about 6 to 8 inches from ground level.
The RHS has given this one its prestigious award of garden merit.
Position – Full sun
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Flowering period – July/September
Clematis are hungry plants. I like to give the first feed in late March using a good quality Rose food. Then every two weeks after this I give a liquid tomato feed. It is essential to stop all feeding as soon as you see flower buds starting to develop.
Its not that often I show pictures of the front garden. Here is how it was looking in early April.
In the past I have gone on a bit about my fondness for the Daffodil Jetfire, Here it is again, only this time I will show some others which are in the garden.
I don’t know the names of all our Daffs but the one above, Jack Snipe has really caught my eye. I planted them in a tub last October, they have a similar habit to Jetfire, a little taller with more subtle shades of creamy white and warm yellow.
Daffodil Reggae above is another new introduction in the garden for us this year. Planted quite a few of them near the front of the main border in our back garden. The flowers are carried on quite short stems and the trumpets are more pink than my picture suggests. Extremely attractive, at the moment of posting they are hanging their heads rather low, I am hoping this is because we are having quite a cold spell.
The multi headed Narcissi Grand Soleil above right, planted in a tub and sitting on the patio is looking rather good.
I have an East facing border which only gets about two hours sunshine per day. I would like to add some Daffs to brighten it up in Spring. If anyone has had success with this, I would really like to hear which variety you used.
Here we have the third of the short stemmed Tulips which we planted in tubs. This one came into flower on the 1st of April, a little later than the first ones which I posted.
Finally today we have the Fritillaria Meleagris Snakes Head
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