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posted May 29, 2014, 10:36 PM by BoxHill GardenClub   [ updated May 29, 2014, 10:40 PM ]

                                                    20th May 2014
                     Topic - Beautiful Clematis
                       Presenter - Judy Button
                      from - Alameda Homestead Nursery

Judy gave the members an excellent digital presentation on one of the classic plants to have in the garden, "Clematis." With its abundant flowers in summer and autumn it makes it's mark as a plant for that area that would benefit from a climbing creeper. There is an extensive range of colours and bi-colours to choose from and a range of bloom sizes and forms that will delight you. 

Clematis is easy to grow and will last 10 years if given the right conditions and attention. The best results are achieved when they are grown facing east. They require lots of light, a minimum of 5 hours to flower at their best. Their roots prefer a cool area to grow and spread. They require a well-drained soil, as waterlogging of the roots will kill the plant. Prune the plant in winter-spring to generate new growth and feed 3 times a year; early spring, summer and autumn with a hand full of pelletised chicken manure or Osmocote for roses. Mulch well to keep the roots cool and don't let the plant dry out at any time of the year. A sturdy trellis or better still a wire mesh will be required to let the plant wind it's way up and to bloom. Most Clematis are lost in their first year, so give your new plants lots of attention to get it through this period.

A big thank you to Judy for such a comprehensive presentation and cultural advice, and for bringing along plants for sale.

                       The Betty Knox Award (Best Exhibit)

A good variety of exhibits were on display and the judge took some time to select the monthly champion. The winning entry was a spike of Cymbidium Orchid in full flower, staged by Brian Hadley that won the judge's vote. An excellent exhibit.

                                     Popular Vote Award

Most members picked a vase of Azalea blooms, staged by Pat Richards as their choice. This was a first class exhibit with every bloom fresh and not a mark to be seen. Well done Pat!