Flowers of Bhutan – Clematis montana

I have finally solved the curious case of the flowering evergreen oak. All along our travels in Bhutan I kept spotting what appeared to be oaks covered in sparkling white blossoms. Had I discovered a new species? Sadly, no, the white flowers belong to Clematis montana. Not as most of us gardeners know it, pink with bronzy foliage, but in its original wild form. Simple and pretty, just as nature intended.