As we were trimming our severely rabbit-damaged cotoneasters the other day, we came across this plant.

Mystery vine

We didn’t plant it, and I don’t know what it is.  To me it looks like grapevine, although I’m not real familiar with that; we do have some wild grapevine at the lake place but I’ve not looked at it lately for comparison.

Does anyone out there know what this healthy-looking volunteer might be? I would greatly appreciate any input!

I actually have a fairly large (4 feet tall or so) armillary standing very close to this spot that would make a great structure for a climbing vine, so I might just move it over and see what this plant does.

You can see the armillary (barely) in this picture above and the fairly tragic pruning we had to do–the shrubs on the right side are what the shrubs on the left looked like before we started.  We did about half the border thinking we’d see how those do and then probably do the other half in the fall.

Gardening is just so exciting, isn’t it? 😉

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3 Responses to Volunteer

  1. doflah says:

    Grape leaves vary greatly in shape but this sure looks like a grapevine.

    The tendrils are edible, while tender, they make for a refreshing tart snack while working in the garden. :)

  2. Sheri says:

    I think I’d rather just go in the house for a snack :)

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