I first noticed that Cl. Minuet has layered itself further along the greenhouse so it really will cover it this year. This is a wonderfully prolific plant which I have already propagated from its own seed. My next discovery was that Cl. Ernest Markham, usually so hardy and reliable, seemed to be almost dead, the old stems rotten from the ground with what looked like a white mildew at the base. But then I saw that it too has layered itself so hopefully it will begin again with its old vigour. If not I will have to buy a new one. It is too good to loose even though it is a bit of a thug in my tiny space.
Next notable clematis observation is Ville de Lyon - supposed to be late-fowering but already in bud. It has never done particularly well but the few early flowers are a gorgeous deep reddy-pink (not red as advertised).
Last but not least, I have finally succeeded in persuading a Cl. Alpina to flower for me. This beautiful mauvy-blue is harmonising beautifully with the amelanchier - just about at its best.
Oh and Charles and Diana are doing just fine in their pots!
Ordered Dahlias Mrs Eileen and Aluana Clair-Obscur this week so will be very busy potting up tubers at Easter - along with everything else.