Saturday, September 18, 2010

De-Vine!!

Good morning, and Happy Pink Saturday. If y'all read THIS POST, you know that Connie and I have been doing a lot of work at Mark's and Sandi's house. After we complete the work outside, I will show you what we've done to the exterior as promised.

Meanwhile, I want to share pictures of an interesting vine that we uncovered when we started cleaning out the natural area. Mark says that it must have volunteered because he didn't plant it. I'm guessing some bird pooped a seed or two. Look at the beautiful colors in the berries, ranging from green and blue to bright pink.

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The speckled ones remind me of robin's eggs. Here's another picture showing the beautiful range of colors.

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A Google search on speckled berries turned up a name for this vine. It's called porcelain berry vine, and is sometimes nicknamed bubble gum vine because of the range of berry colors. It turns out that you don't want this vine in your garden. It can become invasive and is likened to kudzu, the vine that ate the South. In some states it's even illegal to plant it!

Fortunately, I found another plant we can live with. In the same bed was beauty berry, showing off its bright pink dress.

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bijw9y So enjoy your Pink Saturday, everyone, and be sure to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound, where lots of folks will be dressed in pink. I, however, will be wearing my Razorback red and white, which could become pink if you mixed the two together.

14 comments:

nanny said...

Beautiful pictures....
You know it does look like bubble gum balls!

Debbie said...

Wish you had been nearby to renovate our Beaver Lake Condo! I'm not sure we will EVER be finished! Headed up there this weekend to begin unpacking furniture, etc. The contractor was supposed to be finished by Sept. 1. Oh, well.....

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Both vines are so pretty -- it's a shame that something so pretty can be so aggressive.

Joycee said...

Now you've done it...I have to have one! That is the prettiest plant. Never heard of it but I am going to do some GOOGLE-ing! Have a great weekend..

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Really, you can't keep it? It is so different and beautiful. The pictures you took are awesome. The other plant is also very pretty.
Have a nice weekend.

Sarah said...

Pretty berries! I've not heard of this vine. The speckled berries are something new to me too.
Have fun at the game! ~ Sarah

Judith said...

how facinating - I thought they looked like little easter eggs - photos are so clear and beautiful, Judith

Marydon said...

Oh, my! The vines are awesome & so colorful!

Have a great weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Joyce said...

I love that! I've never seen anything like the speckled berry vine...so unusual and pretty!

Gracie Jewellery said...

I like that last plant. Wonder if it could be cut for Christmas greenery. Happy Pink Saturday

Robin said...

Gorgeous plants....it's too bad the first one is a nuisance plant. Isn't it amazing what beautiful colors naturally grow in nature?

Sherrie said...

Gorgeous photos. They do look like robin's eggs. Thank you for sharing.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh what pretty berries - too bad it's so invasive. The ones you planted are pretty too. How 'bout them Hogs?!!! I was biting my nails at the end! laurie

susan said...

Kathy-You have answered a question I have been wondering about. My daughter has a beautyberry bush and we had no idea what it was. It's a shame about the other one--It is beautiful even if it will take over. The berries do look like robin's eggs. About the cornbread, I probably make up for your butter with what I put ON mine :) In my opinion, butter either in it or on it can only make it better. I am going over to look at all your work on the house! Congrats on the win---might be a long year for the Rebels :) :(