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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Riot in White!

     This post has nothing to do directly with bonsai. The sweet autumn clematis has come into bloom, and I thought people might enjoy a couple of pictures.

I hoped to get a bee in the picture; but it flew away, leaving only one insect in view.

Flowering will continue for several weeks, followed by delicate buff-colored seed heads. But it's the fragrance that is the plant's most outstanding virtue. It's delightful, and this one vine will perfume our front yard thru most of September, and our neighbors' besides!

Clematis terniflora is native to Japan and other parts of eastern Asia, and has naturalized widely in the USA and Canada. It's aggressive, and in some areas is considered a weed. I'm willing to put up with its unruly manners for the sake of its fall performance. I chop it back to a stump in the fall, give it something to clamber on during the growing season, and that's enough.

Each blossom lasts several days; the one on the left is older. New buds keep coming for 2-3 weeks.
I only wish a photo could carry the fragrance!

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