An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis by Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds

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By Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds

With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated types from which to decide on, gardeners and growers were inundated with techniques. much more troublesome for a few has been the absence of a unmarried entire reference with which to spot the various cultivars. This new quantity, written through special clematis specialists and sponsored by way of the authority of the British Clematis Society, is the 1st photo encyclopedia at the genus to surround the garden-worthy species and hybrids.

This long-awaited e-book is separated into sections: the 1st is dedicated to the care and cultivation of clematis, whereas the second one presents an A — Z listing of greater than 550 crops, from the acclaimed large-flowered types to the less-familiar shrubby, subshrubby, and herbaceous varieties which are commencing to be on hand. utilizing daily language, the authors offer plant descriptions that come with info on synonyms, beginning, plant behavior and top, plant life, pruning crew, flowering interval, cultural standards, urged makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is observed via greater than 650 superb colour images, making this encyclopedia an essential reference and consultant.

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Photo by R. Savill. Soon after clematis are pruned, they must be fed. Use a general-purpose organic fertilizer, such as fish, blood, and bone meal, or any suitable inorganic fertilizer, following the recommended dosage given by the manufacturers. To encourage development of flower buds, add sulphate of potash. Gently fork the fertilizer into the soil surface. Mulch the plants to conserve moisture at the roots. Use garden compost, well-rotted farmyard manure, horse manure, or any other suitable material.

Soon after clematis are pruned, they must be fed. Use a general-purpose organic fertilizer, such as fish, blood, and bone meal, or any suitable inorganic fertilizer, following the recommended dosage given by the manufacturers. To encourage development of flower buds, add sulphate of potash. Gently fork the fertilizer into the soil surface. Mulch the plants to conserve moisture at the roots. Use garden compost, well-rotted farmyard manure, horse manure, or any other suitable material. Handle farmyard manure and organic fertilizers with care, and wash your hands as soon as possible after using such products.

As the gardener becomes more experienced with pruning clematis in this group, two alternative methods can be used to control certain flowering patterns. In the first option, pruning is delayed to obtain a display of flowers later in the season. Instead of pruning during late winter or early spring, it is put off until late spring. Waiting this long means that early young growths will be pruned, which might be very disconcerting but must be done if the aim is to delay the plant’s flowering time.

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