When I whined as a child/teen that I was not pretty, my mother always answered "pretty is as pretty does". This phrase works in reverse on the vine in our trees, "Pretty it is, but pretty it dosen't" is the perfect quote for Virginia Creeper.
this is the time of year, the vine we hate and would love to kill, turns a beautiful brilliant red, right at Christmas. This vine has been the bane of our existence. It covers trees, buildings, fence, and I am thinking a person if you stand still for a while. Bob is constantly hacking at the roots of it to keep it from killing our trees and plants.
I went to Beginner Gardening to find the name of this hated vine and was totaly amazed to find people actually BUY this Plant and Plant it on purpose. To quote from Beginner Gardening (this is a site with a sense of humor, if you want a laugh, pop over and read his question and answers on the vine)
"Virgina Creeper never met a wall it didn’t like, a fence it couldn’t conquer or a plant it couldn’t smother." and "it's able to leap tall buildings in its first year and look out for the 2nd year." beginner gardening
we have seen this plant cover the whole top of a 50 year old oak tree in one summer. as i snapped away a few days before Christmas, my hubby moaned "all those red leaves will fall next week and be in the pool" and they will!
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill
except for learning how to grow in rows.
- Doug Larson