Clematis microphylla ‘Miss Bateman’

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Clematis ‘Miss Bateman’ at Church View Gardens.

Clematis ‘Miss Bateman’

A hybrid of Clematis ‘Fortunei’ x Clematis ‘Standishii’ raised by Charles Noble and introduced in 1869.

White rounded flowers, initially striped green. Reddish-brown stamens.

Charles Noble was born in Bromham, near Bedford in the UK, in 1817 and followed in his father’s footsteps, also Charles, as a gardener.   In 1846 in partnership with John Standish he founded ‘Sunningdale Nursery’ near Bagshot, Surrey. Both men were well regarded and also sold plants collected by John Fortune from his China expedition between 1843-1846. After Noble had split up with Standish in 1856 he went on to introduce many Clematis hybrids  from ‘Noble’s Nursery’, Sunningdale, crossing C. ‘Standishii’ with C. ‘Fortunei’ and various forms of C. patens. From this later period comes Clematis ‘Miss Bateman’ named after Miss Katharine Bateman daughter of James Bateman  (1811 – 1897) renowned orchid grower, celebrated botanist, creator of Biddulph Grange gardens and Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Katharine Bateman married Ulick Ralph Burke in 1868, with whom she had 4 children, she died in London 1933

Noble retired to Hastings around 1898 and I believe he died on the Isle of Wight in 1908.

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‘Miss Bateman’

Clematis microphylla ‘Miss Bateman’ (n.b. ‘Miss’ not as it is often erroneously listed ‘Mrs.’)

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