Friday, November 14, 2008

My Bittersweet Love Affair

Gardeners in North America either love bittersweet vines or hate them. Bittersweet plants can kill trees and are difficult to eradicate from your landscape. But during the fall season bittersweet vines put on a display few other plants can rival, as the deep yellow skin of their berries bursts to reveal an orange jewel within. And not to be outdone by the berry, bittersweet plant's fall foliage blankets its victims in yellow splendor. To grow bittersweet vines or not to grow bittersweet vines: truly a bittersweet decision for gardeners.

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away I thought I'd share some simple ideas for using bittersweet for your Thanksgiving holiday. These were all made with antiques I have in the shop. No need to use the same old vase. The idea here is to be creative with what you use for your container. The centerpieces were all created with the same bittersweet and pussy willow bouquet.

A charming brown and white transferware pitcher.

A Thanksgiving Table set with the brown and white transferware pattern " Charlotte " by Royal Staffordshire, amber candlewick glasses and using the same pitcher and bowl centerpiece.

A nice old corn planter . This would look wonderful in a fall display on your front porch next to a bounty of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and hay bales.

An unusual large fishing creel, one of my favorite "containers" to use for centerpieces.

An American Toleware canister with stunning fall colors.

A primitive Rug Beater with our bouquet of bittersweet attached with ribbon.This would be a great alternative to the typical wreath on the front door.

A fun vintage Indian planter

A minnow bucket filled with bittersweet will sure to please the fisherman in the family.

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