The quarrel of Oberon and Titania

Oberon was a Fairy King in Medieval and Renaissance literature.. and of course, perhaps best known as a character in Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream.’ I have always called the ‘Clematis fragrant oberon’ plants that we put in the garden last year, the Ladies Oberon and wanting to write about them in this week’s ‘Judi’s plant of the week’, I thought I must get my facts straight beforehand.. I am so glad I did!

I confess to having a bent towards feminising plants and yes I’m afraid on occasion giving them names, I understand that this could get me into trouble. Because I now realise that the ‘Ladies Oberon” as I have always referred to them, are in fact of masculine origin! So, I shall from here on in, curtsy towards my ‘Kings of the Fairies’ and keep a deferential demenour as I pass them in the garden..

Photographing them just two days ago under a grey sky at JtG HQ, these delicately climbing beauties still have the desire to sparkle with their apple-green hues up to me. Despite the deluge they have had endlessly raining down upon them, they have put on their flowers, (first year) but I am sure they too feel the need for some sun.. Let’s hope the cloud clears and we see it again soon.

Botanical name: Clematis ‘Fragrant Oberon’
Other names: Clematis ‘Fragrant Oberon’ , Clematis × cartmanii ‘Fragrant Oberon’
Genus: Clematis
Variety or cultivar: ‘Fragrant Oberon’ _ ‘Fragrant Oberon’ is a compact, climbing, evergreen shrub with glossy, deeply lobed, dark green leaves and, in spring, small, fragrant, pale yellow-flushed, white flowers with prominent, green anthers.
Clematis ‘Fragrant Oberon’ is: Evergreen
Flower: White, Flushed yellow in Spring
Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons
Habit: Climbing

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