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FutureStarrHow to Say Clematiser
practically, a reasonable attempt to pronounce the words "correctly" will likely get an intelligent response from someone who also has some knowledge of scientific names (which often include BOTH greek and latin elements---sometimes simultaneously)---which is all you really need for communication. it may end up being a case of "pahtahtoh" or "poetaetoe", "creek" or "crick" but understanding should be reached sooner rather than later. if there is some kind of impasse then on what is exactly is being referred to then you can probably WRITE the name down and/or point to the plant and point to the name and say, "that's what I'm talking about!!!" (LOL). hope this helps a little. One tip that works for me: neatly print out the scientific names on a piece of paper or index card and take that with you when plant shopping. Some clerks will recognize the written word faster or can look up things on the computer faster if they can see the letters.
I just love Clematis, it has to be either Montana types or the large flowered hybrids. We’ve had a mixed year for Clematis, some have done well while others have once again, caught wilt but are managing to grow through it. Many Clematis were only planted this year and are still establishing and I’m hoping they’ll only get better in time. None come anywhere close to the Jackmanii that towers over you! Still very jealous! Regular clematis varieties can also be grown in containers, but you should consider 60cm x 60cm x 60cm as a minimum size and be sure to provide some sort of support, such as a mini-trellis or obelisk. The pot will have to have adequate drainage and you will need a rich planting medium, such as the Sea Soil container blends. Choose a shorter cultivar for growing in containers, such as ‘Niobe’ (deep ruby-red), Multi Blue (ruffled stamens), ‘Mrs. N Thompson’ (purple with a red bar) or ‘Proteus’ (double lilac).
The climbing varieties are valued for their ability to scramble up walls, fences, and other structures, and also to grow through other plants, such as shrubs and trees. Some can be trained along the ground to provide cover. Because of their adaptability and masses of spectacular flowers, clematis are among the most popular of all garden plants. Many choice and rare cultivars are to be had from mail order and online catalogues. Specialists regularly put on displays in national flower shows such as the Chelsea Flower Show. In theory, it is possible to have a clematis in flower at any time throughout the year. Many varieties provide a second period of interest with a flush of flowers, or decorative seed heads. I planted the variety ‘Kakio’ (the pink one) around my light post in spring of 2010. That following winter was cold and snowy, and in the spring of 2011, I was sure the clematis plant was dead. (Remember, I was a clematis novice!) Then all of a sudden in the spring, almost overnight, green started popping out on the brown, brittle vines. The buds start to appear after the leaves. I would have never thought that those amazing pink blooms could come from what looked like a pile of sticks! (Source: www.onsuttonplace.com)