Nothing signals the end of summer like Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) and hydrangeas cut for drying.
The hydrangeas are cut with some ‘old wood’ I find they hold their shape better that way. Later, when I arrange them, I will cut the stem to whatever length required.
Sometimes, when cut on the tender green stems, the flowers tend to curl up. These looks really luscious…
I hope they stay that way.
The fragrance of Sweet Autumn Clematis is one of my favorites; perhaps, because for me, it elicits nostalgia. When I went to cut a few sprigs, I caught the aroma of burnt sugar… Creme Caramel? I sniffed my way to the Katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). Typically, when the leaves start to colour to a buttery yellow in fall, it emits a scent some have likened to cinnamon or cotton candy.
Mine, is definitely Creme Brulee!
With the temps consistently in the 90’s since May, I cannot say I am sorry to see this summer wind down. And…
the camellias are already showing their buds. I welcome another gardening season.
I posted about this clematis here, please read it if you plan on planting one.
You are smart to remove the leaves on those hydrangeas. I always forget to when I use them in arrangements and they curl up die so quickly on the stems after they are cut. But isn’t it nice to be able to use them at this time of the year? Such a soft color of green and really interesting.
Thanks – Carolyn KD
I am looking forward to the new gardening season too. For me it starts in Autumn when I can start implementing all my plans which I formed over the summer
How could we get thru the year without our garden fragrance?