Slowly, but surely, I've been trying to go more native in the garden. When I noticed that birds had gifted us with Virgina creeper, I thought "Great! Ground cover!" I'd heard about its beautiful red leaves in the fall, and looked forward to seeing them. Wherever I saw the characteristic bunches of 5 leaves, I happily let the (then) little plants carry on.
This spring, the ground was nicely covered:
What I didn't fully realize (I should have done my research!) was that this was not only a ground cover, but a fence cover:
And, not too long after that, it became a tree cover:
Oops! That was not quite the effect I'd been going for!
I remembered going to the home of a friend about five years ago. At the time, her teen-aged son was making baskets out of kudzu. Why not, I asked myself, try to do the same thing with this out-of-control Virginia creeper? With my garden clippers in hand, I headed outside to cut some proof-of-concept pieces of creeper.
The leaves stripped off easily from the vines. The little feet with which the vines attache were more hardy to remove, but nothing which a quick snip of the clippers didn't solve.
I sat outside on the front porch, making up the design as I went along. When I ran out of "raw materials", I went back to harvest more. What fun it was to figure out how to proceed! Even better, one of my TruffulaBoyz wanted some of the weaving action.
He and I are not done with our project, but it's coming along nicely (sorry, the photo doesn't do it full justice):