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Looking for Clematis 'Michelle'

Question from Holly Bess

I'm desperately trying to find the Clematis called 'Michelle" and I found it listed on this website, but cannot find it anywhere in the US. I emailed Shoot unlimited and they suggested reaching out here on these forums.

I also contacted Exbury Gardens and the actual grower who cultivated this clematis. They were so kind to reach back out and offer kind words, while sharing that the grower himself had lost many plants in his owns gardens and lost his Clematis 'Michelle", as well. He himself is also looking for it again.

I want to get one of these clematis for my aunt Patty, because we tragically lost my 44 yr old cousin Michelle on February 23 to a brain aneurysm. We are all shattered to pieces. My aunt and I share a love of gardening and she loves Clematis, so I thought she would really love to have one of these. I have told her of my search and she thought it would be so very special. She is clinging to all that she loves to help her through these dark days.

Do any of you possibly know where I can purchase one and have it shipped to the US?

We are in Illinois, USA - zone 5b

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.


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  • Posted: Mon. 11th April 2022 16:05

Allium advice re. planting location

Question from Frank Barker

Most advice for Alliums suggest a sunny well drained position is required. The questions is must the leaves be in a sunny position (they come well ahead of the flower) or is it the flowers (about 4ft tall) which would grow up through the overhanging branches (good support) and then be in the sun when it came to flower.

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  • Posted: Wed. 6th October 2021 15:09

Acer (orange dream)

Question from SUSAN WILSON

Hi I'm looking for advice on a small Acer I bought 4 months ago. I have planted it in my garden and it seems to be dying. It's leaves are shrivelling and dropping. It's not grown any height either. I have it in quite a sunny west facing spot which is fairly sheltered. Any advice welcomed. TIA

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  • Posted: Fri. 4th August 2017 12:12
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Question from Lin T

My Ipomoea seedlings are doing well but very leggy. it's too early to put them outside, should I pinch them out?

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  • Posted: Mon. 22nd May 2017 18:54

Evergreen edging plants

Question from Suzie Warren

I need to source low growing evergreen edging plants for north facing sandy soil - any inspiration much appreciated.

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  • Posted: Sun. 10th July 2016 18:46
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Acer Sangokaku - has it died?

Question from Anna Coleman

This tree was planted just over one year ago by a landscape gardener on their recommendation. Planted into clay but mixed with new compost, not a shaded spot or very sheltered. It did well with full colour range for a few months, then suffered leaf scorch and has not started to bud this year. I know there’s a problem as my other 2 acers are budding quite well. I have scraped the bark and it does not show any green, more a light brown. 3 photos attached. Has it died or what remedial action can be taken??

Many thanks,

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  • Posted: Thu. 21st April 2016 15:26

Bulbs and clay

Question from Bea

Anyone come across a tulip that tolerates clay please?

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  • Posted: Thu. 26th November 2015 11:28

Snake Lily - Amorphophallus konjac question

Question from Anne Gehret

Does anyone know why my snake lily went from the flowering stage to a bunch of green clustered "berries" at the top of the stalk, instead of the stalk drying up after flowering and then regrowing the new stalk that looks like a sort of palm tree?

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  • Posted: Fri. 10th July 2015 21:55

Achillea- cut back?

Question from Helen Passey

I'm wondering whether it's wise to cut back my Achillia now or spring?

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  • Posted: Sat. 25th October 2014 14:35
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Question from Rob Weighill

My Canna Red Velvet that I've had for about 2 months produced a flower stalk but only one flower, the rest just seemed to wither. Is this normal? Other flower stalks seem to be growing, I've watered regularly and fed with tomorite.

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  • Posted: Fri. 18th July 2014 19:23