Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Oriental Bittersweet"

We have the most beautiful Autumn vine commonly called Bittersweet,here in the mountains. It is an aggressive plant that is not welcome everywhere but for crafters it makes a fun project. I have wound it around to make a pretty wreath and this year I just put some of the vines on the mantel among candles and pinecones. I love all things natural from the outdoors.

I have a tall basket that I change according to the seasons and I sometimes fill with bittersweet or wrap a vine around the handle.

Oriental bittersweet can be found all along the roadsides here in the Fall but it's hard to spot until the leaves fall off the trees. I spotted this vine in our backyard climbing a tall Oak tree.
(and hubby was sweet enough to cut what he could reach!)


the fabled needle (jen) said...

i emailed you - hope it was the right address! anyway, mine is dearliette [at] gmail [dot] com


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks jen! I am so pleased with everything!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love bittersweet! I have never seen it growing. I always pick up my at the curb market..

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We will have to get together again soon. My son is visiting for the next week...

La Tea Dah said...

Bittersweet was one of my mother's favorite plants. It does not grow where we live --- how I wish it did!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I've added you to my blog roll. I'm sorry for taking so long --- life gets so hectic this time of year. :)


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Bittersweet is such a lovely autumn accent!
Thanks for the visit....
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too!

Unknown said...

BEAUTIFUL bittersweet, love it..I think I have seen it here in dried form where they used for flower decoration. You have a lovely home :D

The Painted Garden said...


The bittersweet is lovely and looks wonderful the way you displayed it in your home. How lucky you are to be able to pick it wild - in California we have to buy our bittersweet and it is not nearly as pretty as yours in North Carolina. I sure miss my home state of North Carolina in the fall.

Love your "girls" looking out the window at the fall trees.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Linda Q said...

Hi Dianna,
Looks so pretty, that makes for a lovely bit of color to bring in the house. I would love to see part of your neck of the woods one day. Have relations in SC, Charleston.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello! Thanks for coming by to say hello! I love the name of your blog because I LOVE lavener! Today I just bought some lavender powder! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!


Just Between Us Girls said...

Your blog is lovely and your poetry grand and that bitter sweet
is wonderful. I enjoyed your blog so much. Thank you for the sweet words in my blog. HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING.
With all good wishes,

Georgia Peachez said...

I love Bittersweet! xo, suzy