Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bittersweet


Bittersweet is always a sign of Autumn for me. My first introduction to bittersweet was when I was a guest at someone's house over the Thanksgiving holiday. The house was a beautiful antique Cape decorated with exquisite artwork and fine antiques. 

Against the formality of the interiors and of the beautiful appointed Thanksgiving table, bittersweet draped the dining room fireplace mantle. Its simplicity was graceful and elegant. It taught me how the simplest of things, especially in nature, can be the most breathtaking. 

42 comments :

Katherine said...

How lovely - I didn't know that is what this was called.
It looks pretty shaped in to a wreath.

Carol said...

I live in Texas and we can't grow it here. In the past I've been lucky to get it from vendors coming to the Round Top antiques fair, but I was there the last two days and neither of the vendors that bring it were there. I'm going to have to see if I may be able to order some online. That wreath is lovely.

Smiles,

Carol

kathy said...

The bittersweet wreath against the old blue door is stunning. I love bittersweet. I have not seen it around where I live recently. My grandmother in Kansas always had it in her home and would share some with my Mother.

Perfectly At Home, New England. said...

I love bittersweet! It's definitely one of those "signs of Autumn".

Tim

Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful. It is often hard to find here. It too reminds me of fall.

Anonymous said...

The orange against the blue door is breathtaking. Sara, Ohio

Sarah said...

Bittersweet is one of my very favorite things about fall. I passed the farmers market yesterday and saw bunches of it hanging from the barn rafters already.

I'm glad you're posting again and I truly love the new name of your blog. It has a daydreamy feel to it. :)

Sarah

Anita said...

That is just gorgeous...and against the blue, breathtaking. I too love nature's offerings and use what I gather, but don't have bittersweet here.

Cath said...

Oh my, I thought I was a dying breed of Bittersweet liking. It is scarce in our part of the state due to the routine "weed" spraying by the highway transportation. I have managed to get it growing on our property and as of this weekend it now is a shade of beautiful mustard gold. A good first frost and the magnificent shade of orange will emerge.

Pura Vida said...

So pretty on that faded door

Cozy Little House said...

It does just that added extra touch. Beautiful color!
Brenda

Kit said...

A gorgeous plant to be sure. Nice to see you. Hope the family is doing well. Kit

the growers daughter said...

So wonderfully true.

Lynne said...

Bittersweet was my father's favorite. He planted a vine that in time wrapped up and around two porches that he and my mom had at their home.

Planting Bittersweet was one of the first things I did when I moved into my new home 23 years ago. The vine twists and turns like my father's did . . . up and around a huge oak tree in our back yard.

Thank you for stirring my memories. Your beautiful bittersweet wreath brings the season into full bloom.

Kathy said...

Beautiful! I love the simplicity of it, and the color against the aqua-colored door.

trisuv said...

I love bittersweet too and make wreaths of it every fall...just beautiful in the fall!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love the look of Bittersweet but I never find any in my area.


Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventure.

trisuv said...

I love bittersweet. I make a wreath of it every year at this time too. Beautiful time of year.

Thoughts for the day said...

yes, good choice, in observing.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The bittersweet makes a beautiful wreath. Valerie

Martha said...

I love bittersweet and pumpkins -- the perfect decoration for fall.

Lady Courtney said...

I love bittersweet, and am looking forward to going out and picking some in the next month. And I'm wondering if this is a clue as to what coast you are on? I love seeing a post up from you. Like the new name! Donna :)

Pamela Gordon said...

We were in Maine for the weekend and saw bittersweet wreaths for sale and also on display in shops etc. It's a beautiful natural vine and perfect for fall but we don't have it up here in New Brunswick, that I know of. Your wreath is lovely. Enjoy!

Doda said...

please be careful with the little ones..it is deadly poisonous! Every part of it.

Catherine said...

Dear Doda,
Thank you for telling me. We don't have any in the house but if we do, I will be very careful with it. Thanks again for letting me know!
Best,
Catherine

Pat@BPM said...

Bittersweet brings back many childhood memories. My grandmother used it to decorate, every Fall and into Christmas, as well.

The wreath is beautiful!

Catherine said...

I too love it for fall decorating, but in nature (at least in VA, NJ, and Cape Cod, places I garden) it is horribly invasive! I rip it out by the wheelbarrowfuls all summer long!

Lady Courtney said...

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/groundcovervines1/a/bittersweet.htm this might be helpful!

Julie said...

Simply Beautiful!

pve design said...

"Bittersweet" is very symbolic to me.
pve

NanaNor's said...

I love bittersweet but have never seen it growing. I do have some faux bittersweet-it just screams fall to me. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Noreen

Lee said...

So lovely. I also love the contrast with the door color.
Lovely missy!
xoxo
Lisa
Leeshideaway

designchic said...

I love the simple elegance of bittersweet - one of my favorites for fall decorating!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Oh...it is quintessential! But, alas, we don't see it down here. (except at the market for 14 bucks a stick!)

Beautiful image!

Michelle said...

Never heard of Bittersweet, but it so pretty.

Madge Bloom said...

I was so inspired by your post that I have searched for a nursery that will sell/ship bare root bittersweet stock...what a lovely image!

Mary said...

Hi - I'm new to your blog and ADORE it. I'm having fun scrolling through old posts and pictures. Really beautiful - I'm a new follower!

Sally Yoder said...

Hi Catherine - I really like this post and love following your blog. I have always found it to be calming and inspirational. I am a floral designer and wildcrafter who LOVES bittersweet too!
Sally
naturaldeisgnsstudio.com

la maison LaFortune said...

We were stationed at Hanscom and would wait for the first few crisp nights of fall...I think the cool weather actually prompts them to "open"...we'd climb the hill behind our house on base and harvest our own bittersweet...it grew wild along with Concord grapes...right there on Rt 2a...I sure miss both of those things :)

Hayley said...

Its so perfect for this time of year, dont think we get it in Scotland though xx

Anonymous said...

Bittersweet is an invasive vine that threatens many trees and forests in the Northeast. It is illegal to plant or cultivate in many parts of New England.

Just say no to Bittersweet decorations!!!

Anonymous said...

I would like clear up the thoughts about "invasiveness" and bittersweet. There are two varieties: American and Oriental. The latter is invasive and illegal to market. The former is fine. Both are toxic to eat.

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