Gnarled Branch-Vine-Berry-Halloween Inspired Arrangement:  But Beware!  It’s Poisonous

Gnarled Branch-Vine-Berry-Halloween Inspired Arrangement: But Beware! It’s Poisonousfeatured

It would amaze many gardeners how much I love my Virginia Creeper Vine–I’ve featured it’s crimson red foliage in many of my autumn posts.  It is invasive in many areas of the country–smothering native plants and vegetation, climbing trees, and taking over–perhaps in a similar fashion to English Ivy here in the Northwest.  My Virginia creeper vines are behaving well here in Oregon, and it’s use on my fence is really perfect.  (You can see photos of it on my previous posts Brushed Alpaca CoatA Feline in the Fall, and First Frost.)

It has now lost most of it’s foliage, and has left behind beautiful red branches and tendrils with berries.  The berries are poisonous to humans, due to an unknown toxin.  They look like small blueberries–so it is important to tell children not to eat them.  My boys have never been tempted.virginia creeper vine with berriesvirginia creeper vine with berriesvirginia creeper vine with berries

Due to the poisonous nature of the berries, you might think I’m crazy that I brought them inside for a floral arrangement.  But I can’t help it—they are beautiful.  And as long as you don’t have toddlers in the house, it’s fine.  I chose a tall vase to get a gothic look, and I draped the branches and vines. The vase is about 20 inches tall.  virginia creeper. (berries are poisonous). Handwoven overshot table runner, Mexican blooming flower patternvirginia creeper. (berries are poisonous)

The table runner in these photos was handwoven by me on my smaller loom, about 10 years ago.  It features a weaving style called “overshot” which was developed in the United States (especially in Appalachia) during the 1800’s.  Overshot weaving uses alternating cotton and wool in the weave—with wool providing the loft and dominant pattern for the textile.  American bed coverlets were made this way in the 1800’s.  This design is called the Mexican Blooming Flower.virginia creeper. (berries are poisonous) Handwoven overshot table runner, Mexican blooming flower pattern

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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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