Saturday, August 31, 2013
Southern Snow - Sweet Autumn Clematis
In this area of South Carolina we have only a few chances to see snow every couple of years, but at the beginning of fall we have sweet autumn clematis which more than makes up for not having the cold fluffy stuff.
This year I let mine run rampant in the front and back yards and have been given a glorious display of thousands of white flowers.
They look like snow cascading from the tops of all the bushes.
I wish I had blog-o-smell so you could get an idea of the heady scent from these little beauties. The flowers are driving the bees and hummers insane. They are buzzing about madly - darting in and out of the blooms.
Sweet autumn clematis is comfortable in both sun and shade, but does like its feet in thick leaf compost.
It gets pruned to the ground at the beginning of February and then again in June just to trim excess.
It was one of the few plants which enjoyed all the rain we received this summer.
I found this patch high in the magnolia.
The bees especially seem to like this section. It is partially in deep shade.
Maybe there is some sense to staying out of the sun!
There is mixture of sweet autumn clematis, ginger lilies, and lantana in this bed next to the patio.
At night the migrating hummingbirds congregate here and have fights over the blooms.
To be so small, hummers can be vicious!
I hope you enjoyed my Southern snow!
Just think - no heavy coats, no boots and no shoveling involved.
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