Mrs Cholmondeley and a duck.

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 with it. It was a done deal! 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 easy peasy. 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! 🦆

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Such a good looking duck! Loving the blog @knowingkimberly

    Liked by 1 person

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