a royal perspective


Clematis ‘Prince Charles’. A member of the royal family grown in my garden. (His daughter-in-law ‘Princess Kate’ is the other one). It looks similar and is in the same group as ‘Perle d’Azur’, but doesn’t get as gangly, nor does it succumb to mildew. Raised in New Zealand, Clematis ‘Prince Charles‘ produces masses of mauve-blue flowers from mid-summer to early autumn.

This one is in my ‘woodland border’ and in the shade until late afternoon.  It looks quite purple in this photo, but is actually much bluer. And from behind you can see the deep reddish-mauve bars much more clearly.

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  1. beetleypete says:

    I couldn’t bring myself to have flowers named after them in my garden, no matter how nice they look. 🙂
    Do they sell one named ‘Oliver Cromwell’? I doubt it…
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… I know the royals are not to your liking Pete, but these flowers are rather lovely. You’ll meet Kate on Saturday! Or you can skip that post if you prefer 😂

      1. beetleypete says:

        No, I wouldn’t skip a post because of it. Perhaps I should grow them, so I could ‘chop off their heads’? 🙂 x

  2. BeckyB says:

    ooh ‘he’ looks great from the back!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought so too – hence the posting as a different perspective. I just happened to catch sight of it yesterday afternoon as I was doing my regular dead-heading trip around the garden!

      1. BeckyB says:

        There is something very satisfying about dead heading – think it is the fact you benefit twice. Firstly tidying up, secondly knowing more will follow as a result

        1. BeckyB says:

          It’s therapeutic isn’t it!

        2. Heyjude says:

          Very! Hours can disappear…

  3. These clematis are lovely with rich coloring. I’m surprised by the name “Prince Charles” especially as I would have assumed a rose named after him. Now, WHICH Prince Charles? The current one, I presume, but I can’t help recalling “Bonnie Prince Charlie” (which is my cocker spaniel’s name, by the way).

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes lots of clematis named after members of the current royal family, though not the queen – at least I haven’t found one. There is one named Queen Mother and a montana type named Elizabeth, but I’m not sure that is named for the current queen

  4. Really lovely colours. Prince Charles doesn’t look at all like a pretty flower. 😃

    1. Heyjude says:

      No he doesn’t! Shame about the name, but it is a lovely clematis.

  5. Such a beautiful Clematis, but aren’t they all.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are when they flower well. Sadly not all of mine do.

  6. Much nicer than its namesake for whom I have no time at all!

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    An entertaining comment section on this post, Jude. Who knew a garden flower could generate so much reaction because of its name? 😆

    1. Heyjude says:

      Comments are often the best part of a post! The royal family are quite divisive in this country, as you can see 😂

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        It can be quite divisive here too … especially when a French-Canadian is involved. It seems they’ve never quite forgotten or forgiven the French loss in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

  8. It’s a beautiful flower. I can’t believe I have no clematis in my garden – but my neighbour has a pretty one that grows over the fence in the spring. 😉

    1. Heyjude says:

      I can’t believe that either! I even had one when I didn’t have a garden 😆

      1. I’m going to have to put that right! 🙂

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