Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Clinging Vine

The trumpet vine that grows across the front porch is bursting with color now. This native of the southeast United States thrives as far north as New Engand, and once the warm weather sets in, blooms almost nonstop. It puts out long curving tendrils that can attach to almost anything and the rapid growth requires constant containment, but its bright blossoms beckon hummingbirds galore and small birds nest in its dense foliage. It usually keeps flowering right up to Christmas and stays green all year.

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