Trumpet Creeper

1 Aug

 

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This is a big clump of Trumpet Creeper by the side of the road. Every time it tries to grow across the road, the traffic prunes it back.

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I saw another vine today, and I guess I’m not too observant because I never realized it had big seed pods.

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I cut one open to see inside, and it appears it will have a seed sheath similar to a mimosa seed pod. But it was funny the way the pod did after I cut it. Do you see the yellowish brown color? Well, when I cut it open, it was absolutely pure, lily white, then within 10 seconds you could watch it turn brown right before your eyes.

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And speaking about mimosas, I sniffed this bloom because I read on someone’s blog the blooms smelled similar to gardenias. Well, not to me they don’t. They really don’t have any smell at all. Just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet!

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2 Responses to “Trumpet Creeper”

  1. carynverell August 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    ah yes, if you have a lot of trumpet vine and mimosas then you are sure to have a lot of hummingbirds…hummers love mimosas especially. i spend a good bit of time destroying mimosas in the spring and summer..they grow in the worse soil and can really do some damage to underground pipes and sewer systems. some mimosas do have a fragrant smell but i have found that beyond their prettiness when in full bloom they are some of the messiest trees/vines to have around. and the trumpet vine grows darn near as fast as kudzu and can really do in a fence.

    • doublebhomestead August 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      We have plenty of trumpet creeper on the homestead, but we only have one mimosa tree on the fenceline. I am going to keep that one and keep the rest cut down.

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