50 Years as a Clematis Nursery

Congratulations to the Westphal family on your 50th anniversary as a Clematis Nursery. Their nursery is located in northern Germany, at Prisdorf, which north west of Hamburg.

Angela and I first met Manfred, his wife Sabine and their young son, on a trip to Sweden and Estonia with the I.Cl.S. During this meeting we were given his very large and comprehensive catalogue, together with a supplement. We were impressed with the quality of this catalogue, which was far in advance of any other catalogue we had come across. After this meeting we ordered some plants which came beautifully packed and over the years we have continued to order plants. His catalogue has always been a work of art but the 50th Anniversary catalogue for this year, all 136 pages, in A4 format is the best ever and in addition there is a 42 page supplement. The standard of photography and printing is the best I have ever seen in a catalogue, the colour rendition being very accurate, the blue colour rendition being better than most books.

The supplement alphabetical list covers 600 entries covering both species and cultivars, which can be supplied quite often from stock but there may be a delay whilst stocks are replenished. This is kept to a minimum as his plants are generally grafted onto vitalba stock, therefore plants reach saleable size much quicker than plants produced from cuttings.

The notable plants produced are too many to name but my choice favourites are, C. crispa, C. x cylindrica, C. texensis, C. Rosea (Viticella Group), C. fauriei, C. fusca and C. ianthina. This season he has introduced C. tibetana, C. 'Black Tibet', C. 'Justa' and C. 'Ashva'.

Well done for the first 50 years and may the nursery continue well into the future.

Best wishes from us both.

Roy and Angel Nunn

Westphal Clematis Nursery©M.Westphal

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