Monday, July 8, 2013

365 Inspirations—189: Purple Clematis

 "In a month there will be purple stars on the clematis, and year after year the green night of its leaves will hold its purple stars."—Oscar Wilde

The clematis vine on my fence gave birth to a purple bloom yesterday. We planted it a few years ago, but it really took off this year. The vines run along our fence arbor all the way to the top. There are buds just waiting to burst out in purple, but this one was the first to make its move.

There always has to be a first. I sat there touching its velvety petals of deep purple and stared at the intricate mandala of colors in this beauty's center. I was lost in the world of this flower for a few minutes. 

My favorite color is blue, but purple is a color I'm spiritually drawn to and often wear. It's a majestic color which combines fiery red with cool blue. It's also a very tranquil color.

Clematis, in Russia and Bulgaria, is known as the "traveling flower" because it travels and moves in many directions before it starts to bloom. I love this.

Purple Clematis growing on our the arbor of our fence
The two together combined symbolize to me the majestic traveler. There's mystery and intrigue behind this beauty. I'm about to set off on many mysterious adventures. You'll hear more about that here on this blog in the months to come.

I've seen many white and pink clematis adorning fences and trellises, but I have yet to see one in purple.

It's unique, this flower. And today I'm going to celebrate its beauty and what it symbolizes. Can't wait to see the trellis explode in purple. That is coming soon....

What is your favorite flower and what does it symbolize to you?


  1. I love so many flowers...joyful sunflowers, elegant roses, happy daisies...but if someone told me they would give me one of any flower in the world, I would choose a gardenia. Their creamy softness evokes memories of black velvet summer nights and of my mom floating one or two in a shallow dish by my bed, so their lovely fragrance would bring me sweet dreams.

  2. I'm not sure which flower is my favourite; I have several. I think today it is the Red Trillium. It is a plant native to my home province of Ontario, but much more rare than it's more common cousin the White Trillium. (See: The red, I think, is energetic, "fiery" in your terms, requiring a more acidic soil. And as I am also quite fond of blue, I find your comment on purple to be thought-provoking.

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  3. Gorgeous! I love these flowers.

  4. I love gardenias, jasmine, roses. Anything with an elegant aroma. I also enjoy flowers on many herbs, such as dill, basil, etc. Since I can't let them stay on my plant (bolt), I cut them and let them serve as decorative arrangements in my studio. :)