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poetry and prose about place

the colour of October #1- Virginia Creeper

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Our Virginia Creeper comes from a shoot I collected along the banks of the St. John River over 30 years ago.  It grows on our power pole.  Some years it makes great progress and gets to the top of the pole to grow along the wires.  Other years it struggles to gain any hold at all after damaging winds, or if the power company decides it needs cutting back.  The last few years it has grown into the neighboring bushes.  As a result, my lilacs seem to have mutant leaves and turn scarlet when the other lilacs are a sickly yellow.

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This year the Virginia Creeper leaves are shot with holes from the same insect infestation plaguing them last year.

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October 7, 2013 'Virginia Creeper'  Jane Tims

October 7, 2013 ‘Virginia Creeper’ Jane Tims

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Copyright 2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

October 11, 2013 at 7:21 am

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  1. Lovely watercolor painting! The red is very pretty and vibrant. Great job!

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    Jess

    October 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  2. I love this painting. We have a lot of Virginia Creeper here, and the reds in the leaves are so vibrant. It’s one of my favorite plants.

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    Robin

    October 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • Hi Robin. Thanks. I like how it occasionally mixes in with other shrubs – gives them colour too! Jane

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      jane tims

      October 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

  3. I always like your pictures–but I think this one is my favorite. I really like dreamy background with the vibrant leaves in the foreground.

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    Sheryl

    October 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. Thanks. It was fun to paint and now the leaves are all gone!!! Jane

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      jane tims

      October 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

  4. A lovely painting that really captures the colours

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    kiwiskan

    October 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Hi. Thanks. I wonder if you have Virginia Creeper down-under?? Jane

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      jane tims

      October 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

      • I think so – probably more down south. I’ll have to find out…

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        kiwiskan

        October 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

  5. Well as you know it somehow made its way to Enfield. It has spread everywhere. Very beautiful this time of year. The red is amazing.

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    stan spavold

    October 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    • Hi! I think it shares a genetic heritage with our vine! Your willow tree came from New Brunswick too! Jane

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      jane tims

      October 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

  6. Jane my V creeper almost killed a healthy white birch. I pull as much as I can each year to keep it under control! Although it is very beautiful in the fall.
    Jim

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    Jim

    October 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    • Hi Jim. We keep ours back by having it in an area that we mow. However, it sprouts up in odd places, buy our door for example, all the way across the lawn! Jane

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      jane tims

      October 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

  7. This captures the wildish nature of Virginia Creeper and the beauty side by side with imperfection of Nature. Simply lovely.

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    Carol Steel

    October 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

  8. Lovely painting, Jane. The red leaves are such a vibrant colour x

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    Gemma Hawdondon

    October 11, 2013 at 8:24 am


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