Blooming as early as February some years, the delicate-looking, but tough evergreen vine Clematis armandii has become one of our early spring favorites here in the gardens at Fearrington. Fat buds open over a succession of days in even the coldest weather, turning from palest pink to ivory white. Once open, the flowers release their heavenly vanilla scent to surprise and delight passers-by. While still a lovely dark green and well behaved vine when not in bloom, they are in full flower right now throughout the Village, so be sure not to miss the show! Evergreen clematis locations include the chimney in front of Dovecote, draped above the windows of the bar on Fearrington House, and gracing the fence in front of the Spa.