Here we go another week. We are having humid weather today and storms tonight. But the rain we are getting is doing lots for our gardens, our farm fields and our lawns. I am working on a video to walk you thru my garden, which is the wagon racks. It is a garden and the plants look awesome. We are blessed to have them look so well after the hot and humid weather we had. I know you think it is too late to plant but there is time yet for the growing season so if you are in need of plants, vegetables, trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs come and see us. We are open this week on Saturday but we will be closed on Sunday.
Also in town the flea market at Journeys Past General Store and Flea Market will be open for 2 days. 9- 6 each day Friday and Saturday. There is lots going on but when you are out and about think about putting Dougherty as one of your stops.
I had garden club here for a meeting this week, and there was discussion about clematis. One hasn't bloom for the gardener and she doesn't know what kind it is so that would be the key for the care of it. But here is some information about one variety Dr. Ruppel. It might give you some ideas about your clematis care.
One variety of pink clematis flowers bears the cultivar name of Dr. Ruppel. The scientific name is written as Clematis 'Dr. Ruppel.' This deciduous perennial flowering vine can grow up to 12 feet tall given support upon which to climb. It grows striking pink and violet petals.
This vine's lovely petals are really called "sepals." They are at their pinkest when they are young. Depending on the lighting in which you see them, you may describe the more mature flowers as pink with a fuchsia stripe down the middle or as bicolored (lavender with a bright pink stripe down the middle). The effect is a bright color, made up of some pink with hints of lavender. As the flowers fade over time, the lavender color becomes the stronger color. The edges are wavy. These pink flowers measure about 6 inches across. In fact, Dr. Ruppel is one of the large-flowered cultivars. There are usually six or seven sepals, each surrounding a light-colored center. Dr. Ruppel clematis comes into bloom in June and will continue to bloom off-and-on into September. You can grow these pink clematis flowers in USDA planting zones 4-8.
Other types of pink clematis flowers include the popular cultivars, 'Pink Fantasy,' 'Nelly Moser,' 'Bees Jubilee,' 'Kakio' (Pink Champagne™), 'Sugar Daddy' and 'Lincoln Star.' There are also some choices from the mountain clematis (C. montana 'Broughton Star' and C. montana var. rubens), Texas clematis (C. texensis 'Princess Diana'), and alpine clematis (C. alpina 'Pink Flamingo') groups.
Clematis (for which "virgin's bower" is a common name) is not fussy about soil pH (a roughly neutral pH level should be fine), but the soil needs to be well-drained and kept evenly moist. If you use chemical fertilizers, apply a 5-10-10 in spring, and then, at intervals of about five weeks, apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer. If you are an organic gardener, use compost. The upper part of the plant should receive full sunlight, while the tender roots need to be shaded so that they stay cool. Preventing clematis wilt and fighting slugs will be your two biggest problems when growing clematis.
■ Trim Dr. Ruppel every other year or every few years. You will have reduced flowering if you prune it in this manner, but you will also save yourself a whole lot of work. Since Dr. Ruppel is a repeat bloomer (known as "pruning-type 2"), in the long run, the vine will grow plenty of flowers.
■ Plant Dr. Ruppel deep enough to help keep its roots cool.
■ Apply mulch to block heat from entering the root zone. Or you could use a "living mulch", which means you allow a ground cover to spread around the base of the vine. Another way to keep the roots cool is by arranging flat stones around the base of the clematis.
■ Handle the vine gently when you do train it because its branches break easily. The least damage is done when the breakage occurs at a node. In such a case, the effect of the break is similar to when you pinch a plant to make it bushier and increase blooming. A couple of weeks after a break, you are likely to see that new flower buds have formed where the breakage took place. But the look of the plant will be marred if the damage is not done at a node.
taken from https://www.thespruce.com/pink-clematis-flowers-dr-ruppel-
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa
Hi! My name is Becky and I am a Master Gardener. I own Becky's Greenhouse in Dougherty, Iowa.