On my most recent visit to Wisley I bought a new clematis to replace my “Nelly Moser” which succumbed to Clematis wilt, a fungal disease that can kill the plant and even affect (infect?) the soil. Anyway, I don’t think the recent heatwave helped and it died. Yes I could have cut it down, left it and seen if it came back in the Spring but after reading about contaminated soil and whatnot I just dug it up and got rid – soil, roots, leaves and all!
I wasn’t going to buy a replacement until next year but I saw this new one at the Plant Centre at Wisley and fell in love. The variety is called “Mrs Cholmondeley” which I am reliably informed is pronounced “Mrs Chumley”.
It has large light lavender/blue flowers which bloom from May to September. As far as Clematis goes it’s really easy! It’s happy in any soil, likes full sun or part-shade and you only cut it down to about 30cm from the ground once a year in February.
So fingers crossed this plant survives the dreaded wilt!
I shall leave you with some photos from our visit.
We made a friend. We decided to name him “Julian” after a particular reader of this blog. Belated quacky birthday Julian! 🦆