Wordless Wednesday – A glowing mantle

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Now is the moment for Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, to shine! Its leaves are turning a wonderful, blazing red on various walls and buildings around the village.

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This one adorns a garden workshop and extends along their fence. The mass of it glows, even in the shade ….

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Especially against a nice black timber background!

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In our garden we planted one at the base of our eastern boundary and encouraged it to scramble through the mixed hedgerow. In the early morning sunlight it turns translucent and shines like stained glass.

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13 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – A glowing mantle

  1. Well, that certainly does meet your wishes for some color quite well. We have Virginia Creeper in our yard and it can easily get out of hand.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Gorgeous fall color! I think because it grows wild here, most folks take it for granted and no one bothers to feature it on a wall even though it is a lovely plant summer and fall. I use it as a ground cover in the marginally wild beds. Boston Ivy (P. tricuspidata) forms tighter coverage and is used more often here on walls, though it is Asian in origin. I love both!

  3. shoreacres says:

    This is one of our dependable sources of fall color. It’s not native in the whole of the state, of course, but it’s common enough that especially in east Texas woods and in the central part of the state it can be found. I’m sure it’s widely grown in some gardens, too.

  4. Stunning. Mine got out of hand and had to be culled, but a tiny piece had rooted in my neighbour’s wall and it is slowly creeping back. I do love the autumn colour and it looks well growing in the tree.

  5. susurrus says:

    How amazing! They are beautiful on walls, but the colours with the light shining though the leaves of the one you have in the tree is even better.

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