Monday, September 14, 2009

WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY


This mystery flower (mystery to me, at least) lives along the railing of my neighbors' porch. It's a cottage for them, not a year-round residence, and they usually only come here once or twice over the summer, and then again in the late fall to get it ready for winter. At both those times, this plant isn't blooming, so I always forget to ask them what the name of it is.



All summer it drapes over the railing as if it were dead (see brown patch in the top photo). Then as summer draws to a close, it begins to go green, and finally, for a brief while in mid-September, when all the autumn-colored mums and goldenrod are having their annual get-together, it blossoms forth with masses of pretty little four-point stars, and fills the air with an incredibly sweet scent. It's a heavy summer perfume, almost like mock orange. If any of you gardners and green-thumbers out there recognize it, I'd love to know what this "late bloomer" is!

11 comments:

Lin said...

reminds me of honeysuckle or jasmine but I know little of plants. interesting.

Lorac said...

I was going to say Mock Orange, looks like it and the smell sounds like it but so late? No, it must be something else. Sorry, no ideas.

Beth P. said...

it is beautiful--I've seen it around, and it may be a kind of honeysuckle or jasmine--waxy leaves, right?

lovely!

Sylvia K said...

I don't know what it is, but it's beautiful! I've seen something similar here in our neighborhood.

Have a great week, Deborah!

Sylvia

Rose said...

I don't know what it is, but I think it is beautiful.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Deb, looks like Honeysuckle to me. Whatever it is, it is very pretty. We have a Confederate Jasmine -which looks nothing like that --but it could be another type of jasmine.
Hugs,
Betsy

SandyCarlson said...

I sure do admire the way the flower comes out after tourist season.

Quiet Paths said...

Isn't that interesting; it almost acts like an early spring bloomer. I'm not sure about the honey suckle tho'.

YourFireAnt said...

Looks like one of the clematises. Virgin's bower? Devil's darning needle?

T.

Deborah Godin said...

Thanks to all of you who offered possible plant names. After tracking them all down with Google images and comparing, I believe it's a species of "virgin's bower." It's nice to have it bloom so late, the last quiet hurrah of summer.

Magpie said...

I'd call it sweet autumn clematis - FireAnt may have nailed the specific variety...