Starry, Starry Night – Sweet Autumn Clematis

Tiny White Blossoms at Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Starry, Starry Night © 2010 Bo Mackison

These tiny blossoms of the Sweet Autumn Clematis remind me of masses of flowery constellations. This late flowering vine has thousands of tiny star shaped flowers and blooms from the end of August to October.

It is delightfully fragrant and is twined about the gates to the Allen Centennial Gardens, making the entrance especially attractive when so few flowers are now in their prime.

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  1. I just love these..and they are all over the place these days. Lovely image!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I didn’t even connect that they were clematis until I started researching. The clematis I’m most familiar with are deep purple, large and bloom in June. So these were a bit of a surprise.

  2. I like those too. They are all but gone here now though.

  3. Very nice. I didn’t know Clematis bloomed so late in the season.

  4. I like them also. I didn’t know what they were, though. I always learn something when I come to visit your blog. 🙂

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