Trees are brilliantly colored and within a a week or 2, the “peak” leaf peeping time will be here. Cider donuts, pumpkin patches, apple picking….all part of fall in New England. Baked beans are in the oven, along with pumpkins and cinnamon apples. The house is filled with a warm, spicy smell.. so good to walk into from the crisp air outside. Summer is swept away as front gardens, doorstops and entryways are being decorated for Autumn. There is a festive, clean feel in the air.
I notice the Bittersweet vines are ready to be cut. The berries are still green, verging on yellow. They will soon turn colors… peach, orange and finally popping out in red, echoing the trees. The vines are supple and easily formed into wreaths. It’s a simple matter of cutting a long vine with lots of berries. Form it into a circular shape and wind it and weave it among itself to hold it. Leave the leaves on or take them off, whatever suits. Weave more vines into the wreath if a thicker wreath is wanted. Secure it with a twisty tie if there is trouble maintaining the shape while weaving the branches in. Birds love the berries but they are poison for people. It’s fun to watch the berries turn colors and open and become framed by their shell. If not in a winding mood, the branches can be cut and popped into a vase or laid in a basket, that looks pretty too.