Traveller’s Joy or Old Man’s Beard is a member of the Clematis genus and scrambles over hedgerows and plants and in fact anything in its vicinity. As it matures the stems become woody. It is covered in small white flowers throughout summer and can be seen in woodlands and the countryside. In autumn and winter the seeds have long, silky hairs, which form the grey tufted balls that are most noticable. Whilst fairly common in the south of England it is less so as you go north and in places like New Zealand it is very much viewed as a pest.
Inspired by Tish Farrell’s Clock Watching