Blue Holly and Bittersweet

I stepped out of my truck today and viewed gorgeous blue holly (Ilex x meserveae sp.) and bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) growing in a tangled mess.

If you live in a cave you should know that bittersweet is invasive in Connecticut and against the law to plant.  You’ll often see it growing along the side of the road.

Here’s a picture with the bittersweet in focus

Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

This is what the beautiful mess looks like

Bittersweet and Holly

Over time the bittersweet will block light to the holly and wrap around it’s branches strangling it.

Bittersweet and holly do look great together in the fall.

Wisteria – Mother Nature Trumps Man Every Time

Last week I saw a wisteria in full bloom weeping from a blasted ledge.  No matter how hard I try to create beautiful landscapes mother nature can beat me without trying.

Weeping Wisteria
The wisteria starts at the top of the cliff and weeps like a waterfall. It’s stunning.

If you’re driving down Whitney Avenue in Trumbull, CT in early-May keep your eyes open for the wisteria on the ledge between the entrance to Indian Ledge Park and the Route 25 overpass.

Looking toward Indian Ledge Park
The dump truck on the lower left is in the entrance to Indian Ledge Park.