A Common Plant Here
Virginia Creeper is a very common plant here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I enjoy seeing it, with its five leaflets radiating out in its palmate fashion.
Those five leaflets create one leaf. They are so precise with their sawtoothed edges, like a seamstress has taken her pinking shears to each one.
The vine loves to climb trees, like a child in an apple orchard. This beautiful creeper, above, is clinging to a Persimmon tree. A tree with a gorgeous checker board pattern, that it earns as it ages.
I’ve been watching this garland of Virginia Creeper, draped over a downed tree since spring. I’ve imagined that it would be so lovely in the fall, in scarlet. As you can see, I’m still waiting. Sometimes things don’t go as I had imagined. Will those leaves turn a brilliant shade of red, or just wimp out on me? Stay tuned. I’m still watching and hoping!