Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Beautiful bittersweet

I have always loved bittersweet.  I realize it can be invasive and can become parasitic -- see this article: Bittersweet: Friend or Foe? if you want to learn more -- but it is so beautiful.  (I'm sure there's a spiritual application there which I may eventually try and write about.  But for now, see a similar thought in The Return of the Periwinkle, if you are interested.)

As far as I remember, no bittersweet grew around the acreage where I grew up.  I do recall that my mother also loved the look of bittersweet and would often look far afield to gather some of it in the fall.   I remember one year that she and my dad made some very special pins to donate to a craft bazaar.  They were small wooden ovals, lightly stained and finished, and to these, in a pleasing arrangement, they glued tiny hemlock cones, yellow tansy heads, and bittersweet berries.

In more recent years, I've not seen bittersweet growing in our area, but one fall we had stopped at a rest area in the southern part of our state and saw a pickup truck with the bed overflowing with bittersweet vines.  I marveled that the driver would dare leave it unattended while he or she was in the building!

But last year, I saw some orange berries growing on a stone wall near my dad's house.  When I stopped for a closer look, I found bittersweet!  And this year it is back.  Time to hunt up a transferware pitcher.  You will find my visual inspiration for that in this post on my friend Vee's blog.

Here are just a few more photos:

You can see the stone wall peeking through here

Does bittersweet grow where you live?  Do you decorate with it?


  1. I love bittersweet as well. It is not a plant we see a lot down here...maybe it likes cooler weather.

  2. Why, yes and yes! Thank you for the link love...very sweet of you.

    I just popped in to let you know that we had buttercup squash with the brown sugar and sausage tonight. John thought it was lovely and I might have IF I liked squash. I do like squash pie, squash muffins, and the like. I know that my mother would have loved it because she loved buttercup squash nice and dry and this was.

    Oh you did find the mother lode, Mrs. T. Hope that you have lots of fun decorating with it.

  3. Hello, ladies!

    Arlene -- from what I have read, bittersweet grows best in the northeastern US. I've found, in the past, some fairly realistic faux bittersweet, so that's always an option. Plus, it won't make any mess as the real stuff will!

    Vee -- so happy that John enjoyed the squash with sausage! I bought some more sausage so we can have it again. Sorry that you don't enjoy squash. I know not everyone does! But at least you can enjoy it in baked goods.

    Still haven't clipped any bittersweet for decorating. I keep forgetting to take clippers when I go to my dad's. I did hunt up a little transferware jug so it is washed and ready. And I've put clippers by the door so I don't forget to take them this time!


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