Raymond Evison Clematis
You only have to say the words David Austin and instantly they are associated with beautiful repeat flowering roses. David Austin is renowned worldwide for his ability to breed old style roses, which are disease resistant and smell divine. Raymond Evison name may not be instantly recognisable to many gardeners, but his work in breeding repeat flowering clematis is known worldwide. Raymond Evison started off his career in horticulture at the age of 15 in Shropshire, England. He later moved to the Isle of Guernsey, where he set up The Guersney Clematis Nursery. Raymond Evison is famed for producing over 100 species cultivars of clematis, which has led to many prestigious awards for his service to horticulture. Through The Guernsey Clematis Nursery he now distributes Raymond Evison clematis to a global market.
When visiting the Great Pavilion at Chelsea flowers show, one should always ensure you visit the Raymond Evison stand to see latest introductions. Do not be fooled by Raymond Evison Clematis, they are much tougher than they look. A few years back I was given Chelsea gold medal winner (2008) Clematis Rebecca, by the way named after Raymond Evison eldest daughter. As I was not ready to plant, it remained in a plastic pot on the north side of my garden for over two years. To my amazement survived two of the hardest winters on record. At the moment my clematis Rebecca is now in full flower, proving that they really do exactly what it says on the label. The label said it was suitable for all aspects, not the usual words for describing where to plant clematis. They usually require a south or west facing wall. Clematis Rebecca will flower from early to late summer. The flowers are often described as red, but personally would describe them as a deep blood red to be more accurate. Height 2-2.5m (6-8ft). prune lightly in early spring.
If you are looking for a real show stopper, you need look no further than Clematis Josephine. Large unusual flowers have eight, broad creamy-green and pinkish-mauve outer sepals, slightly darker near the centre and layers of small inner ones of similar colouring forming a rosette. Flowering over a long period from late spring until autumn. Ideal for growing in a container or thorough other wall trained shrubs. Best aspect is a south, west or east facing position. Height 180-240cm (6-8ft), light prune in early spring.
To do list:
1. Now the soil is warming up, plant out French beans, runner beans and peas. Tip: As a rule peas and beans like a moisture retentive soil that is rich in organic matter. Remember it is best to water early in the morning to prevent leaf scorch and disease.
2. Do not panic when you suddenly see apples, pears and plums fall from your fruit trees, as this is normal for fruit trees. This is known as June Drop. Tip: Do not thin fruit trees until fruit has naturally fallen from trees. Remove excess fruit in early July. Excess fruit can cause branches to break and plum trees to fruit on a biennial cycle.
3. Plant carrot seed now, Autumn King 2 is a good reliable favourite. Tip: Carrots will not germinate when soil temperature and moisture levels fluctuate. April was simply too cold for growing carrots. Water regularly using a very fine rose on your watering can or garden hose.