A Few Vines in Winter

09 Jan

Wisteria is a twiner climber:


I’m assuming and hoping these impressive specimens are Native Wisteria since this is an intentional installation at a NJ county park, Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook. Edit: I found a seed pod and after examining the seeds inside and the clockwise direction of growth, this is mostly likely Chinese Wisteria.


By the way, most visitors don’t realize it but, in the distance, there are seals wintering here.



They need peace and they’re difficult to view without a good zoom.

Far away from the seals, near the Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge, a lone kite surfer enjoys the winter water too:

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Lonciera Sempervirens is also a twiner climber. This well-behaved, native vine is a great nectar vine for hummingbirds.  Here in zone 7, January 9th, covered in light snow, it remains one of the few remaining green plants in the garden. It still retains a final flower cluster:


Also still green, Bignonia capreolata Tangerine Beauty crossvine climbs with lots of tendrils:



Campsis Radicans Trumpet Creepers are root climbers. Their roots burst out of stems like starfish fingers, grabbing and expanding into porous surfaces like wood fences or even brick walls. If you want this creeper to creep up a slick, vinyl fence, you’ll need to provide additional support for it. This photos is one I took in summer at Battery Park because I couldn’t get a good shot of one in the garden today:

aaI look forward to seeing the vines leaf out again and flower in Spring.



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