Bliss Carmen once wrote "There is something in the Autumn that is native to my blood" in her poem Vagabond Song. I have loved that poem growing up, perhaps because I felt a kinship with what she was saying. The pageant of colors that we pass in life during the fall is breathtaking, and when you add air that feels like it was cased in ice just long enough to break into your lungs, well, then you have the perfect fall day.
I decided a week or so ago, on my daily walk down to the university to meet Kip, that I would study what kind of vines I liked for their fall coloring. Now, the downside is that I won't be able to give you any of the names. The upside is that you all probably know the names. If you don't we can figure it out together.
This is the very tree that started it all. I passed this one morning and loved the idea of a vine turning red in the autumn against a white tree trunk. I mean, can't you just see a bright red vine mixing with a yellowing aspen?
On campus I came across these vines on a wall. I love the alternate between red and green, and hope they stay that way, because it adds some nice style. This would be a nice thing for someone to do in their yard against a back fence or something.
A close up.
I forgot to turn this picture right side up, so just lean your head to the left. This bright red vine had jumped from the fence and climbed significantly into the tree. I loved the colors against the dark trunk. Here are a few more shots of that spectacle.
Ta da! Here is your aspen with the red. Very festive, don't you think? It would be nice to plant a small stand of aspens in the corner somewhere, and help this vine twist it's way upward, so when October came around, bang! You had a sight to behold!
Last, but not least. I adored how they let the two vines climb up the white fence. It adds such a richness to the yard.
You may have guessed that I am indeed a fan of mixing the red/orange and green vines. All my pictures seem biased to that combination. Well, what can I say, when something works... After my short study I have decided that when you plant vines in your yard, you need to know what color they will be in the fall. You might find yourself with some easy pigment for those months when the world is slipping into frost.