Snow on Clematis

Clematis with seeds are called “Old Man’s Beard”, though mine isn’t as fancy. Look how that long “feather” hangs from the seed pod itself.

My wife spotted me putting on a parka and toque over my dressing gown.  The look said “I love you, but you are weird…”.

Here’s why.  And the accompanying coyote concert was amazing, with one soloist on the sand dune to the west (we live on a moraine) and a choir to the north, right under Polaris.

Clematis with seeds are called “Old Man’s Beard”, though mine isn’t as fancy. Look how that long “feather” hangs from the seed pod itself.  I’ll have to try flying some to see how well these work as compared with a dandelion.  Interesting on how two different families of flowering plant came up with the “parachute” idea but one as umbrella and the other as feather.

Snow on clematis 1
Snow on clematis 1

Closer…

Snow on clematis 2
Snow on clematis 2

… and closer.

Snow on clematis 3
Snow on clematis 3

I bought this clematis but it is almost exactly like the wild ones that grow round here for free, except it is more vigorous.  But it’s taking over a whole wall and swamping the wisteria that occasionally gets knocked right back to the ground by a bad winter, so I might remove it.