Fine, you were all totally right. Now what? ;)
So, I posted on here in May about my Niobe that had died back. I was sure I was drowning it, so I dug it up and potted it, only to find that the dirt felt nice and the roots seemed healthy.
Long story short, it died all the way back, and I was sure it was dead, and everyone here said, no, no, give it time, it may need a year to recover, but it'll probably be fine!
Riiiiight, I thought. Whatever...I'll throw it out when I need the pot...
So, ahem. Its currently blooming. *blush*.
But now what? I'll probably have a killing frost in mid October, and I wanted to replant it to get it established before then. However, its 98 degrees here most days, with no rain/cloud cover. I could keep it in its pot over the winter in my garage, but I'm sure it's rootbound.
I had planned to re-plant it in its old location, which is on the south side, in FULL sun. However, in reading up on Niobe, someone mentioned that it did the best for them planted where "it gets just a little more shade than sun during the day". It's sitting in dappled shade right now...I could plant it in part shade and wouldn't need to worry about the blistering heat so much.
Also, (sorry to be so full of questions!) I'm finally getting used to planting roses, where the roots are Not To Be Disturbed under any circumstances...what do I do with rootbound clematis roots? Unwind them and spread them out? Not even think of touching them, ever, ever?
Opinions please! I'd hate to lose it, after it's worked so hard to prove me wrong!
Thanks so much,