Three new climbers today, all introduced by Thorncroft Clematis this year. Chelsea Flower Show in May will see the Launch of ‘Green Passion’, an extraordinary variety with truly green, double flowers, though later blooms may be partly white. It is said to thrive in part shade and, as might be expected, the flowers last for ages. I can see it becoming a popular cut flower. I am not quite sure what to think but I am convinced that it would be perfect to cut with old roses in summer.
Much more to my taste is Twinkle, which is a new variety of the herbaceous, gently scrambling Clematis integrifolia. The nodding flowers have twisted petals and are delicately shaded in white and sky blue and it will be launched at the Chatsworth Flower Festival in summer. I like this type of clematis in the border because they can be supported by an obelisk or twigs or allowed to mingle with other plants and then you just cut them back hard in winter or spring.
Rather different, and launched at Chelsea, is Schizophragma ‘Burst of Light’. This is a variegated form of what is basically a rather posh version of the climbing hydrangea. I know that it is only days since I criticised this kind of spattered variegation but I actually quite like this. It is perfect for a shady wall or fence and would brighten up a dark spot perfectly.
Sunday Puzzler solution.
Here is the answer to yesterday’s puzzle. The plants were:
These give you: E W T L R H C A L
Mix those up and you get CHARTWELL in Kent, once home to Winston Churchill