Saturday, March 14, 2009


Unaffected by the heavy downpours, temperatures in the high thirties and strong winds, the crossvine Bignonia capreolata delights us on a cold Saturday morning.

This vine growing on the pool wall had been chopped to the ground, three years ago, and every root removed. Or so I thought. 

It came back again with equal vigor and has now draped itself over the wall in a delightfully attractive curtain.
The cucumber trellis outside the greenhouse has also been taken over by the vine. I have enjoyed it for a few years and I admit it does shade the greenhouse, from the fierce summer temperatures and those hot days in the spring when temperatures soar into the 80s, but I will just have to rely on the shade cloth next year because it is coming out after the flowers fade. No doubt it will be back.


  1. I love that crossvine. Whenever I manage to get the privacy fence replaced, I'm going to tear out all the English ivy and replace it with crossvine. That orange goes so well with bluebonnets, too (in the years when we have them.) Your other post was so sad...especially because the same scene is being repeated all over central Texas.

  2. Gorgeous! I wish mine formed such a dense fence cover. Sadly, I've actually manage to kill half of the crossvine in my yard.

  3. I wonder how far that vine would have gone if you hadn't "removed" it once already? It's quite a beautiful vine...

  4. My crossvine is in decline, probably because of the efforts by my neighbor on the other side of the fence to eradicate it. Wish it looked as lush as yours, but then, wish anything in my garden looked as good as yours!

  5. On a white wall, with a blue railing: that plant knows how to strike a pose ;-)

    Never seen it. Probably doesn't grow here.