Monday, October 10, 2011

It's Bittersweet....

Bittersweet.  Ah, such is life.

But that's not the Bittersweet I am referring to.

I mean this:

I used to drive around all over creation looking for vines of this stuff  to cut and use in fall decorating. It's really lovely in flower boxes.
BUT....
BUT....
The Oriental species is an INVASIVE species and now has taken hold on my property. And I am not too happy about that.

You see, it can kill things, strangling trees and shrubs to death!

And, the entire plant is poisonous. 

And it's almost impossible to get rid of.

So what to do when life gives you lemons?

Make lemonade. 

Or a wreath.

So I cut off long vines of the stuff (which actually makes it grow more), stripped off the leaves and wound the vines into a wreath. Added a few beach rock touches and voila.... 

Speaking of the beach, I usually collect driftwood pieces and interesting shells when at the beach. Remember the fish I made?

I had some left over pieces of wood, so I constructed this wreath.

Probably would look nice if a added some Bittersweet berries to both of those wreaths.

They are not ripe yet. Have to wait.

Hate the stuff.  Love the stuff. (well, 'like' it...)

It sure is Bittersweet.


7 comments:

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

well it sure is pretty anyway! i didn't know anything about it at all. love your wreaths!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoox

Robin Larkspur said...

Had no idea bittersweet was so invasive; still it's beautiful as you say. I like your wreath very very much. I also went to your fish post. Love 'em, and adore your rocks. I admire your creativity, and envy your beautiful surroundings! Great post!

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

Oh how pretty those wreaths are - and now I must copy that driftwood and stones one for our new deck - which we are calling the dock - because of the way we are furnishing and decorating it.

brattcat said...

so many of the best things in life are...sigh.

Lili said...

Oooooh how pretty!! I have yet to see that invasive plant around these parts. But we do have that scary giant hogweed tree over in Bar Harbor. ~Lili

Sharon Creech said...

Love the wreaths . . .I picked up a handful of rocks on the shores of Lake Erie a few days ago - they are smooth and round and gray like yours . .

Traveling Bells said...

They are both beautiful! You are sooo creative...