The attractive velvety looking violet-purple blooms have eye-catching bright purply-red bars.
Luxurious velveteen beauty but also a very hardy plant and free flowering too.
This month I bring you the beautiful 'Julka' another clematis raised in Eastern Europe but this time Poland, home to Szczepan Marczynski and his family.
Raised in 1993 as a seedling it was not introduced by Szczepan until 2000 and shortly after that we at Thorncroft had plants to grow ourselves and were very impressed.
Many gardeners will recognise the colour pallet as similar to clematis 'Mrs N Thompson' because that was one of the parent plants for 'Julka'. Unlike 'Mrs N Thompson', 'Julka' gives a more prolific flower on a hardier plant and also has a more compact nature.
'Julka' was named in companionship with two other significant clematis introductions by Szczepan at the same time. clematis 'Barbara' and 'Hania' completed a trio of clematis launched together and all named after family members.
'Julka' - nickname of his daughter Julianna,
'Barbara' - named for his wife
and 'Hania' named for his mother.
Thorncroft also selected to grow 'Hania' as it is an outstanding clematis with wonderfully vivid colour and the hardiness of Polish breeding stock.
Find out more about clematis 'Hania' here.
Pruning is best carried out in the mid spring each year, cutting all the stems down to around 1-1.5 meters, removing the dead growth just above a new shoot. If you like to tidy the garden for winter, you can prune clematis 'Julka' back to around 1.5 meters in the late autumn once it is dormant.
Each spring give a good handful of Bonemeal to strengthen the root and add 3 slow release fertiliser tablets to ensure excellent flowering throughout the summer months.
Your clematis 'Julka' will give you flowers from May through to the end of August each year and given space can make up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) but with a relatively compact habit I often recommend 'Julka' to be grown beneath other taller clematis and climbers to hide bare areas low down.
As witnessed by many gardeners, the flower colour can vary depending on the soil and climatic conditions that 'Julka' is growing in, however on the whole a good rich soil is advised with a free-draining underlying nature.
Large flowered clematis prefer a good quality soil with high nutrient levels and a soil which is moist but free-draining. Improve planting holes with at least 2 forkfuls of well rotted manure or garden compost and if you don't have these use a 'Soil Improver' compost. The Improvement material added should be placed under the root of the plant not around it. This encourages the roots to grow downwards and remain deep and cool during summer. If your clematis flowers in May-June(late spring), cut the dead flower heads when they have finished to encourage a second set of flowers to be produced in the late summer and autumn. Be prepared to wait for a couple of years before they will be at their best - Our saying is - 1st year = Roots, 2nd year = Shoots, 3rd year = Flowers!
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We offer a year-round Mail Order and Delivery service (subject to weather and availability). We do not dispatch small or young plants, but send our mature plants in 3 litre pots anywhere in the United Kingdom and Europe.
We dispatch Monday to Thursday each week so usually your order will be dispatched within 1-2 days of ordering, however during busy periods this can be expected to increase. Any significant delays will be notified by email and posted on the website.
Orders made after midday Thursday are usually dispatched on the following Monday.
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Our last dispatch before Christmas 2022 will be 15th December - all orders placed after this will be sent in the New Year and that is to be from the 9th January onwards.
Instructions to Nursery - At the checkout stage you are able to add an instruction to the nursery such as, 'Please avoid March 20th - 25th' or 'Away in June'.
Instructions to courier - Please give us details of a safe place where the parcel can be left (Please note - this is at the customer's risk). If no instructions to leave the parcel are given and there is no one to sign for it, then our carrier will try to deliver the following day.
Please provide your mobile number or email address and our carrier will tell you the hour your delivery will be made within and if it is not convenient you will be able to re-arrange the delivery directly with them.
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Click & Collect
Although we do not open on a regular basis, we are delighted to offer a Click & Collect option for you to collect your orders from our Rails End Nursery location in Worcestershire.
While we get to grips with this new offering we will have to restrict the collection day to a Friday only between 10:00 & 3PM with the hope of expanding that at a later date if we feel it is possible.
Make your online order, checkout and pay online just as if it was a delivery order but of course select Click & Collect instead of a shipping method.
Because we are predominantly a mail order business, our systems are automated and much of the terminology revolves around the kinds of terms used in mail order, so please forgive us for this.
You will receive the following automated emails after making your order.
1. Order acknowledgement. - Full details of your order.
2. Order Status Update - Pending - meaning your order is received into our order processing system
3. Order Status Update - Processing - meaning we are picking and cleaning your plants
4. Order Status Update - Dispatched - in the case of Collection orders, your plants are almost ready for you to pick up.
5. Order Status Update - Completed - your plants are ready for you to pick up on the next Friday.
You can collect from our new location at:
Rails End Nursery
At Thorncroft the quality of our clematis plants is very important to us and we will not compromise on keeping up the high standards our customers have come to expect.
We supply plants mostly in a 3 litre container, growing on a 3 foot (1 meter) bamboo cane support, occasionally a 2 litre pot is sufficient to ensure a quality plant is produced. Your clematis can not always be delivered in full flower, however we will aim to send you the most advanced plant for you so that you get the best display possible in the first year of our plants being in your garden.
Chelsea Chop - Also from time to time we will need to prune plants back to keep them tidy on their cane. While every effort is made to only supply plants in full leaf we may on occasions send plants that have been recently pruned or had leaves removed and will include notes to explain why this has been done. It's known as the 'Chelsea Chop' and is commonly seen in late May and June.
Please keep in mind that some of the more specialist clematis have different habits, so these standards can vary depending on the type you are buying but it gives you a good guide on what to expect.
From the very outset, the Thorncroft philosophy is to provide a clematis which will thrive for the customer in their garden but also to provide the expert knowledge that we have gained over the years to help advise you which clematis are the best.
We have been sending plants by mail order to customers all over the world and have build up a good knowledge of which plants perform best in various parts of the globe. We also value your experience and if would like to tell us about which clematis you grow in your country, please do, it will allow us to continue learning