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Re: sweet autumn clematis

Donna, my Sweet Autumn Clematis grows in the corner of the 8' deer fence 
around my 
little vegetable garden plot - and extends about 15' in each direction.  It 
is spectacular
when it blooms in the fall.  I know that this is the kind of clematis that 
should be cut
back severely each spring, but I don't usually cut it back and it has thrived 
for many
years now.  A couple of years ago after an unusually severe winter I did cut 
it back, and
it did quite poorly that year, so once again I am just letting it go.  Some 
time in the spring
or early summer I just pull down the dead branches from under the green part 
- a nasty
job because lots of twigs and dead leaves fall down my neck and in my hair - 
but that
seems to be sufficient.  There are always two or three birds nests in it, 
too.  Mainly, 
this is a vine that is going ot grow to great lengths or heights or both, but 
it is one 
of the highlights of the fall season in my opinion.

In a message dated 07/26/2004 12:32:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
Ok-- my sweet autumn clematis has taken over the world. It has outgrown
> the trellis, added a tall Shepard rod to try to keep the trellis up,
> added another one today and it is still smothering everything.
> Obviously I can't prune it back now, so what do you all do with this
> monster?

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