“Autumn Already?”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The sweet autumn clematis has started blooming, and this got me to thinking about plant names. This one in particular because it certainly doesn’t bloom in autumn around here. Today’s high was 92 and that doesn’t sound like autumn or even the beginning of autumn, does it? Anyway, the name doesn’t matter when it comes to such a lovely vine.
It has just started blooming, and it has a ton of buds, so very soon this area will be covered in white flowers that have an unbeatable fragrance. The flowers will be followed by seed heads. Because so many seeds are produced, this vine can be invasive. Around here, I just pull up the ones I do not want, but you do see these Japanese natives growing and blooming in the woods around here. This clematis can grow up to thirty feet, but since it blooms on new wood, cutting it almost back to the ground in February keeps mine in check.
In the above photo you can see all the tiny buds just about ready to start opening. Maybe this will be in full bloom for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Then, I’ll certainly have some great photos for you to see.