Nita Hill gave us Chapter 14 of “Other People’s Gardens”:

Among the plants featured from her Portland, Oregon garden, was the wild, and invasive, clematis — Clematis vitalba.


It is also known as traveler’s joy or old man’s beard. And no wonder. This is what it looks like now.

Old Man's Beard

“Those are winged seed pods,” Nita writes. “You can see why it is so invasive! I think it is beautiful both in flower and seed. In the sun it shines silvery as the wings dry.”