Plant of the Week: Clematis
There's a clematis in flower for every month of the year, so they say: and you'll find some of the prettiest on sale in full bloom right now in our garden centre. Best of all, these are the clematis which need minimal pruning: just leave well alone unless they outgrow their space, when you can trim them back after flowering.
The montana group are frothing into a flurry of blossom right now: 'Tetrarose' is rose pink while 'Grandiflora' is purest white. Both are sweetly perfumed. And flowering through May, macropetala varieties have large, elegantly nodding flowers. 'Rosy O'Grady' is dusky pink, while 'Wesselton' is a delicate lavender.
Fancy something to spice up your meals this year? Chilli peppers can be sown now. Sow seed in trays, modules or pots of moist seed compost at 21˚C (70˚F). Lower the temperature slightly once the seeds have germinated. Transfer individual seeds to 3in (8cm) pots when three true leaves have appeared.
One of the real skills of good vegetable growing is the ability to time the cycle of sowing, growing and harvesting so you always have a steady stream of goodies to pick fresh from your garden in %locations%.
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