We live close to the elementary school and a few years ago the school put in a walking path along the creek bank with lovely gardens to enjoy along the way. When the path leaves the school yard and gets closer to our home, it meanders through some grassy areas with large trees on one side, the creek on the other. The other evening I was walking our new fur baby when I smelled the loveliest scent, one I didn’t recognise. I finally spotted the vine crawling along the creek bank and hanging in clusters from the trees. Click image for a closer look.
I’d never seen this particular flowering vine before. It had delicate white blooms and I thought it might be Star Jasmine. I didn’t have my camera, but went back the next day and took some pictures. After doing some online research and comparing the pictures with my own, I realized I was wrong. It wasn’t Star Jasmine. It was Sweet Autumn Clematis. It isn’t native to this area, so I don’t know how it got here, but it makes walking that path this time of year even more of a pleasure than usual.