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One sweet vine
Madelynn Watkinson, volunteer caretaker of Adams Garden in Williamsburg, and John McFarlane, assistant director of gardens and grounds at the College of William and Mary, check on sweet autumn clematis blooming on a fence in the small garden.
After the clematis dries on the vine, Madelynn cuts pieces and tucks them into a basket. She then places a couple candles among the clematis, creating a nice fall floral arrangement to sit on a table.
Sweet autumn clematis is seen throughout Hampton Roads in the fall, blooming along roadways. Available in containers at local garden centers, the vine grows as a groundcover along the ground or on a trellis or arbor. It's vigorous and not susceptible to disease or pests; give it dappled to full sun for best flowering.
September 15, 2006