Saturday, October 9, 2010 must be fall!

As you can see in the above photo, the bittersweet are just beginning to reach maturity and I love decorating with the berries!

Several years ago I decorated a basket on our porch with some bittersweet in the fall and the following spring there was a "clump" of bittersweet growing by our garage (presumably the birds transferred the berries to the ground). The clump has grown and is now a mass of vines covering a small tree producing a lot of green berries in the summer, turning yellow in late summer and then to the final stage where the berry opens and reveals a bright orange flesh in the fall!

The bittersweet is quite invasive but a good pair of garden nippers easily controls the growth!

It feels like summer in Northern Michigan today...the temperature rose to 76 that is my kind of weather!

1 comment:

  1. Oh boy, I love bittersweet but sadly the Roshafer (sp?) bugs that come in early summer always eat all of the blossoms, so there are very few berries on our two bushes :(