Each August as the days grow shorter, the Sweet Autumn Clematis makes an appearance.
This month has been quite unusual -- more rain than normal and much cooler temperatures. Perhaps that has contributed to the abundant display of this lovely plant.
A perennial, this variety of Clematis clings to anything it touches.
Here, it climbs up the gazebo:
And up a tree:
And along the ground:
This is the time of year when the summer flowers and shrubs, save for zinnias and cosmos, have had their day. The riotous display of Sweet Autumn Clematis is a welcome sight.
Their white loveliness is a promise for springs to come, as the little seed heads are blown by the wind to take root throughout my garden.
Sometimes I just pull them up and discard them, as there are so many. But this year I'm thinking I'll just let them "overtake" the garden and grow where they may.
To enjoy them for two weeks in August would be worth it!