FOR the first meeting of the new seasonal year 2013 to 2014, chairperson Christine Adams welcomed and introduced the speaker, Mr Stuart Dixon from Hebb’s farmhouse, Nottingham.
Stuart has been a senior garden lecturer all his life and travelled overseas.
He has restored an 18th Century farmhouse and buildings creating remarkable landscaping by planting Rose and Clematis shrubs together to ramble along walls and trees.
Stuart informed the success of growing Clematis is 90 per cent down to getting the planting right.
Soil, especially drier ones should be improved with well rotted compost, while water logged or heavy clay should be avoided unless it can be improved.
Planting should be one to two inches deeper than pot level so it does not dry out the plant, and the plant is better protected in a harsh winter.
Pruning Clematis often causes confusion-the early spring flowering types such as Cirrhosa and Alpina need a tidy trim after flowering.
Evergreens such as Macropatala and Montana can either be left to ramble or given a light prune February to March for a second flowering in the summer months.
Stuart informed people have fallen for the delights of Clematis ever since the summer-flowering Viticella was introduced in 16th Century Britain from Spain and Portugal.
The slides and the landscaping of all these spectacular Clematis and Roses almost growing wild were breathtaking with the old favourites, purple Vyvyann Pennel, reddish brown Vince Denny, the white and green-flowered Pentens being just a few of our favourite species - all are just as popular in Europe.
President Mr Michael Swales expressed sincere thanks to Stuart for his ‘eye opening’ presentation of such a wide variety of versatile Clematis and Roses.
I am sure members will be busy growing and propogating the perfect blooms of additional rainbow coloured Clematis in their gardens.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, October, 7 at 7.45pm in the village hall. Our speaker, Mr Malcolm Dickinson, will be advising on the use and preservation of herbs.
Please come along and join us. New members and visitors are most welcome - admission is £1.50.