Clematis forum: Sweet Summer Love

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
May 13, 2014 7:44 AM CST
I just planted 'Sweet Summer Love'. Do any of you have it, and what are the pros and cons? Any photos? (none in clematis data base) I planted it beside a fence that's only 4 ft. tall... hoping it will grow horizontally!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 13, 2014 7:57 AM CST
I don't have it but will enjoy seeing your photos. Train it horizontally if that's what you want. Simple dental floss can do it.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 15, 2014 6:50 AM CST
I don't have it either.
Here is a picture until you can can your own.
http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3819
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 15, 2014 7:08 AM CST
Still have two others to plant.

graycrna4u
May 7, 2015 2:10 AM CST
I planted this clematis last August, and it grew but did not bloom. I cut it back to about one foot from the base of the plant in the late fall, early winter. It started to show growth in late March, and has grown steadily up to about 4 to 5 feet since then, but has not yet bloomed. Here is a picture of the vine.
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I will post a picture again once it begins to bloom.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 7, 2015 4:55 AM CST
gray - it may not be a variety that allows you to cut it back to a foot tall and still get flowers. what pruning category does it belong to?
Name: Marie Kapuscinski
New Jersey (Zone 7b)
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makap
May 7, 2015 9:54 AM CST
Do you see buds forming?
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
May 8, 2015 3:29 PM CST
Mine only grew about 3' tall last summer, didn't flower and then didn't make it through the winter here in zone 5. May try it again. It sure is pretty.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 9, 2015 9:24 AM CST
graycrna4u said:I planted this clematis last August, and it grew but did not bloom. I cut it back to about one foot from the base of the plant in the late fall, early winter. It started to show growth in late March, and has grown steadily up to about 4 to 5 feet since then, but has not yet bloomed. Here is a picture of the vine.
Thumb of 2015-05-07/graycrna4u/05cd97
I will post a picture again once it begins to bloom.


It looks like it will be gorgeous when it blooms.Love how it is growing up the stairs.
What zone are you in?
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 9, 2015 10:01 AM CST
Training it up the stair rail is a great idea! but what happens if you take a nasty spill down the stairs??? do you grab onto the rail in hopes of saving yourself while taking a chance on destroying your clematis, or do you topple to the bottom and hope for the best??? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 9, 2015 10:09 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing

graycrna4u
Mar 28, 2016 5:11 PM CST
INteresting questions. It is a group 3 prune which means trim it back in the early spring (March) to about a foot from the ground. The growth has started this year and is much faster than last year. From what I have read, it takes 2 to 3 growth seasons to see blooms. I am anxiously awaiting this spring. I will post pictures.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 29, 2016 7:32 AM CST
Can't wait!
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Mar 29, 2016 8:05 AM CST
riverman123 said:Training it up the stair rail is a great idea! but what happens if you take a nasty spill down the stairs??? do you grab onto the rail in hopes of saving yourself while taking a chance on destroying your clematis, or do you topple to the bottom and hope for the best??? Rolling on the floor laughing


clearly, you must grab the rail on the other side or topple to the bottom and hope for the best Smiling

looking forward to you blooms!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Mar 29, 2016 9:07 AM CST

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Oh, a timely year old thread revived!
I just bought this one a couple of days ago and found the same info, it can take a couple of years to bloom. Not sure if I want to wait that long! I may exchange it.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Apr 2, 2016 4:20 AM CST
Mine bloomed lightly the second summer. Will post how it looks this year when it blooms.

graycrna4u
Jun 2, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Reviving the thread again. I don't have pics yet, but I just saw the first bloom bud opened yesterday. It has many bloom buds this spring. Will post pics soon.
Name: Marie Kapuscinski
New Jersey (Zone 7b)
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makap
Jun 3, 2016 6:19 AM CST
Due to the cool weather we have had here in NJ. I am having my early bloomers and my late bloomers all blooming at the same time. The one Advant Garde I planted next to the Rose of Sharon, has taken over that tree. It blooms first and then the Rose of Sharon.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jun 3, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Wasn't Avant Garde the one you worried about a year or two ago?
Name: Marie Kapuscinski
New Jersey (Zone 7b)
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makap
Jun 4, 2016 5:19 AM CST
Yes it took me 3 years after getting the plugs, to get them to a good size. I lost one. But I still have 2.
I will have to take a picture of how it is over taking it.

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