I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
Blue Bird Clematis
Clematis Macropetala 'Blue Bird'
Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' is a beautiful plant, producing masses of elegant, nodding double flowers in pale violet blue. These go on to produce lovely seedheads that stay present for the winter.
But don't let its delicate appearance fool you! This is a really tough strong growing variety that can grow in the most challenging conditions making it fantastically versatile and really useful.
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Great for your garden:
Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' is a great choice if you are looking for a strong growing highly decorative plant for tricky shaded spots in the garden as it will cope with full shade. It is also wonderful if you are lucky enough to live by the sea as will tolerate all that salty air and sea spray.
It requires support such as a frame or pergola and is just as happy grown on a trellis or wires against a wall. It can look very effective grown with other later flowering climbers such as roses where it can extend the season of interest. It can also look lovely growing through a tree in a shady part of the garden.
This Clematis has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit due to its fantastic performance in the garden. It is also a great low maintenance climber as it needs little or no pruning.
Clematis macropetala 'Blue Bird' characteristics:
- Flower colour: Pale, violet blue
- Flower shape: Double, nodding
- Fragrance: Mild
- Repeating: No
- Approximate flowering season: April to May
- Final height and spread: 2.5m x 1m
- Pruning group: 1
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
Look out for:
This is a really tough variety but like any Clematis caterpillars, earwigs and aphids may be a problem. Remove by hand where possible, and spray if infestations get really bad.
May be affected by Clematis wilt. Avoid through annual mulching for healthy deep roots. Cut out any infected stems and destroy immediately, disinfect tools.
Slime flux can occasionally be a problem. Damaged stems can be infected by the bacteria causing a foul smelling ooze from the affected area. Cut back to a healthy shoot, the infected material destroyed.
These Clematis are so tough that they are said to withstand temperatures down to -40 degrees centigrade! Their wild forms can be found growing in Northern China and Eastern parts of Mongolia. No wonder they cope so well in our warm and easy climate!
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