There ought to be a bumper sticker that reads: ” I brake for bittersweet”. This time of year finds me driving around with my pruners on the lookout for bittersweet growing on the roadside. Sure you can buy it at farmers’markets and florists’ but a small bunch goes for about $12 and is too tame for my taste. I like mine wild!
Bittersweet spells fall as much as mums and gourds and it’s a lot of fun to forage for it. The sculptural nature lends itself well to many applications. In about 5 minutes I created a whimsical wreath for a garden bench with some simple florist wire.
It adds a burst of color to porch lanterns.
If you don’t have a source of wild bittersweet or just prefer to do without the mess(they can stain linens), silk versions can achieve the same effect.
But I’m not the only one romancing this vine. My friend Sarah let this beauty shine alone like a sculpture on her family room table.
Are you romancing the vine yet?