I'm still plugging away at my art work, although 'plugging' is not quite the word. I do enjoy doing them, but finding time and having my hands in condition to do the work sometimes holds me up. I've been wanting to do this piece for quite a while. It is a spectacular flower.
Flowers of the Royal Robe -- each bloom grows to approx, 1 1/2" across.
( PrismaColors, size approx. 4x4" Copyright C.A. Jones)
This is the photo on which I based my drawing.
It is commonly known as the Potato Vine and as I have said several times before, it is such a beautiful flower it should have a more beautiful name. I suggested Midnight Star. However, I have done some more research in depth on this plant. I discovered that It is a derivative of the Nightshade family and that there are a great many varieties that have now been developed. I discovered also that my particular bushes are actually called ROYAL ROBE or Blue Lycianthes Rantonnetii. I have also seen it named Solanum Rantonnetti. I imagine there are some botanical differences between the two but I am not experienced enough to know what they are. So....ROYAL ROBE it is.
Here is one of my three bushes that has never ceased to bloom profusely all summer long and still is blooming. I took this photo only a few days ago. It overshadows the fountain and the bird feeder. The birds love it because they can shelter in it to hide from the Cooper's Hawk that was visiting for a while.
THE ROYAL ROBE VINE