I remember many years back describing with great affection my take on Autumn clematis, or ‘clematis paniculata’…”vivacious…embracing…enveloping…a bit free with her favors…and goes by the honeyed name, Sweet Autumn Clematis. Am I describing a lady of questionable behavior or a trailing vine that appears with great enthusiasm just at this time of the year?”
And so, I found myself this mid-September rising to the challenge of locating new scenes of this lovely horticultural treat — in the early morning to capture the soft light of dawn or late afternoon on the way to a cocktail party (which always prompts a grumble from hubby). Nothing is too precious for my weekly posts!
With her fresh lime green buds that open to a beguiling five-petaled white star that grows in vast abundance (enveloping might be another word) she rambles and gambols over anything in her path. It’s become a bit of a game to find differing examples of just what I’m describing, but so rewarding.
One can easily forgive her “wanton” ways, though, when you view just how dreamy and romantic she makes everything look. “Bridal veil” is another popular name for her.
She complements architecture…
as well as framing romantic garden features, like a Federal Revival gate.
One never knows where they might run into this joyous display, or around which corner she may have decided to alight.
I remember specifically walking through downtown Newport last week on a route I hadn’t traveled at this time of the year, and there she was…perfectly at home on the hedges of two Colonial homes in Queen Anne Square, in the shadow of Trinity Church, adding appreciably to this historic Newport site. A meant-to-be moment…
As the years go by, I’ve come to appreciate another merit of the Private Newport posts — documenting houses, gardens, etc. that have been changed considerably (or no longer exist). Autumn clematis is a perfect example. The glorious display on a dear friend’s small “reading room,” that was posted way back in 2016, is no longer draping itself around the folly’s balustrade. So, for old time’s sake, I’m including some of those images here. I think you’ll agree that they are too special not to include (which can certainly be said of the Parterre Bench, created for my Newport garden many years ago…and now available to those seeking a special centerpiece for your green paradise).
If not already, I hope you’re now awakened to the possibilities of the ‘Autumn Clematis,’ for “to see her is to love her.”