Sweet Autumn Clematis
Imagine, if you will, opening your front door and walking into air heavily laden with the scent of sweet honey. That's what it's like at my house these days. Sweet Autumn Clematis, which is twined around the three columns that support the small section of the roof that shelters my front entryway, is in full bloom. The blossoms are small, about 1.5 to 2 inches across, but full of fragrance, and there are thousands of them on the three vines.
Although I didn't capture any bees in these photos, I do have to be on the lookout for them when I bury my nose into a clump of blossoms.
I don't recall when I first discovered this late-summer blooming vine, but several years ago I started with one vine, which I planted on a trellis outside one of my bedroom windows. Autumn Clematis is evidently a good self-seeder, as the three vines now gracing my front walk were all 'volunteers' which I discovered in various parts of the yard. The oldest plant (the one pictured) is on the northwest corner of the little porch, and gets the most sunshine, making it, so far, the heaviest bloomer. I've also treated the volunteer plants as pass-along plants, and several of my friends are, I hope, currently enjoying the blooms on their own plants.
I always look forward to having these sweet blooms outside my window and door. Next spring, I'm going to be on the lookout for some more 'volunteers.' Methinks that some portions of my chain link fence in my back yard would be improved by planting some vines at the base.
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I hope all my blog buddies are well, and escaped any damage from Hurricane Irene. I've been saddened to see the destruction left in its wake.
Tomorrow is also a day.