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Offline Lotsalilys

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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2010, 18:34:52 PM »
There is a home near here with a growing area like you are trying to fill. It is just full of purple wisteria, and it is really a sight to behold when it is blooming, That is what I would use. The C. radicans is way too invasive. Passion flowers would be nice, but like I sair the Wisteria is just so showy when it is in bloom.
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2010, 23:50:46 PM »

Clemens

I share your passion for the Chinese Trumpet Creeper

I have it growing on my back fence. It flowers from Spring to Autumn but requires full sun.

Grows a very attractive bark on trunk. I wonder if that would do a good Bonsai  ???







Most of the blooms are on the outer side  cascading down.

From that view point the Wysteria as John suggests with the blooms gracefully hanging down would definitely make a statement but only for about a month duraration.

And as already mentioned vines close to the house tend to be very messy.
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2010, 09:45:29 AM »
Wow, beautiful Abby. I really hope I can get hold of one in SA.

I tried to find some info on growing it as bonsai, but nothing much is said about it. I suspect it will be possible, but tricky beacause of large leaves and flowers, as well as a rambling growth pattern.

But if wisterias can be trained, so can this species.

Another species from SA that might be considered is the Port st Johns creeper (Podranea Ricasoliana)

http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/podranricasol.htm

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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2010, 09:49:57 AM »
Hehe, I was going to say anything but a PSJ creeper! :)
I've been fighting one from next door....it's a very vigorous grower here in the Eastern Cape. It's an interesting link Clemens.

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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #34 on: March 19, 2010, 09:55:40 AM »

Grows a very attractive bark on trunk. I wonder if that would do a good Bonsai  ???


Abby - don't tempt me...............I'm already quietly looking for a tree wisteria (Bolusanthus speciosa) to bonsai - for some reason I can't copy googled photo on photobucket to make my point - google "bolusanthus bonsai photos" if you're interested.
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #35 on: March 19, 2010, 10:58:54 AM »
 LOL Michael! I just saw indigenous and a nice flower! That's why it's so cool to have this type of discussion!


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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #36 on: March 19, 2010, 11:15:43 AM »
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2010, 15:13:13 PM »
Beautiful bonsai Rena. I have 2 wisteria 'bonsai' in pots, but they have not flowered yet. They say that for them to flower they have to be in small pots, and not fertilized ???

Have had mine for around 5 years or more...

Anyway, take a look at this previous post of mine, there is a different style flowering wisteria bonsai.
http://www.gardenerforum.co.za/index.php?topic=3406.0

Last thought, what about Petrea? I like it a lot, even though it is a bit messy.
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #38 on: March 20, 2010, 22:34:44 PM »
Clemens
I am not familiar with Petrea but was able to get this pix from


www.zoneten.com/vines.htm

There is some other nice vines there. I do like the two flower effect.
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #39 on: March 20, 2010, 23:04:41 PM »
Jody -

Don't forget to post photos of the progress...... ;D
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« Reply #40 on: March 21, 2010, 04:54:28 AM »
We had an old "bush" of this woody vine where I grew up, and the show it put up each year was very striking. It is more purple than most wisteria, and not nearly as agressive.

I think for a smaller garden, this is a good choice.

http://www.thewisegardener.com/index.php?page=articles&aid=216



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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #41 on: March 21, 2010, 06:58:50 AM »
Clemens
That is absolutely gorgeous  :love:
Definitely very tempting  :good:
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2010, 12:31:41 PM »
Wow - I think I must pay more attention to my petreas - I have one in the garden that has sporadic flowers but think it needs more sun - and 2 in pots that hardly ever flower (one is a white that has only flowered once) but think they also needs more sun.
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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #43 on: March 22, 2010, 11:51:49 AM »
Rena, I found that the best way to get a petrea to give lots of flowers , is to prune it VERY HEAVY during late winter.I normally cut mine down to knee height and by end Dec it will basically be on my roof again. I must admit that I do not rave about a petrea as I find its leaves too hard.

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Re: What would be the best climber to choose?
« Reply #44 on: March 22, 2010, 13:02:26 PM »
Bennie -

Thanks - I'll try your advice and see what happens.
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