Time for some serious pruning of the Autumn Clematis!
Autumn Clematis is a vine with a bipolar personality. In the Fall it is smothered in small, star-shaped fragrant flowers but during the growing season it can quickly overtake nearby structures or plants.
It begins blooming near the end of August here in Raleigh and is covered in very fragrant flowers until the end of October with flushes until Christmas. It than is covered in fluffy seeds.
I prune the vines on the light poles and the mailbox are pruned to leaders of about three feet. These leaders grow about two or three feet during the Winter and are ready for the growing season in April when they may grow grow up to ten feet by the Fall blooming season.
The heavy vines are huge now and are a tangled mess. Below is one of the lights with the removed growth from just one season to the left! The light is five feet tall.
The hellebores have begun their growth cycle, too! Josep Lemper blooms early with crisp, white flowers and dark foliage.
Others are just begining to grow.
When the State purchased the farm to build the beltline around Raleigh in the 1980s the county purchased the portion with the house, barns, and pecan groves for a history park to demonstrate the history of a cotton farm.