Vigorous Growers: Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Pumpkins and Watering Cans


My Black-eyed Susan vine is still growing and blooming.


She’s grown as an annual here and will bloom until our first frost, usually in November.


I planted some pumpkins around her to keep her company for a little seasonal display around my Potting Shed.


I planted her on an obelisk in a pot to climb back in May.


She made her way over to trail along my bench. . .


And then grew over to climb up my bicycle built for planting.


She’s a vigorous grower and overachiever. . .don’t you like that in a plant?


Next spring, I’m going to need a bigger trellis. :)


My watering can collection seems to be a vigorously growing too. . .



And I find myself coming home with a pumpkin or two every time I make a trip to the garden center or farmers market. . .


I need to enroll in Pumpkin and Watering Can Anonymous. . . :)



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  37 comments for “Vigorous Growers: Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Pumpkins and Watering Cans

  1. October 9, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Wow Mary, your Black-eyed Susan vine is so prolific!! Maybe she got weary from her vigorous growing, then needed a rest on your bench. After her revival, she then was ready for a stroll on the bike. She’s just like us…rest and relaxation leads to vitality. I hope you plant her next year, as she’s a beauty.
    I’m enjoying your addiction of pumpkin and watering can collections. Happy weekend to you!

  2. Linda L
    October 9, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Hello, my name is Linda and I’m also a pumpkinholic! Great pics.

  3. Michelle
    October 9, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Happy Fall!

  4. Robyn
    October 9, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Mary….love the pics of your vine with the white pumpkins. I planted a Black-Eyed Susan Vine this year around one of my bird feeders and it has gone absolutely crazy. I planted a white one that didn’t do as well. I love the way yours vined its way around your bench. Always look forward to your posts! Happy Friday!

  5. October 9, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I am somewhat of a pumpkin addict myself Mary :) now if I could only grow something besides weeds and moss! I think plants and flowers just seek you out and can’t wait to bloom all over your potting shed! Your M looks so happy covered with pumpkins and vines~ happy weekend!

  6. Cindy
    October 9, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Great post, Mary! A few weeks ago you featured the area of Blowing Rock, an area I had never heard of, but loved the gardens & sculptures you featured, so now we are here in a different season. Thanks for sharing!

  7. October 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Love love love it, it’s been a long time since I grew this vine, takes me back to such sweet memories… adore the white, silver and yellow combos, every pic pure delight!

  8. October 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Oh how very lovely Mary….I have to put that Black Eyed Susan vine on my list!…off to the garden center today, so will be inquiring about it….Love how you use your watering cans like a rain chain. And must say that I love your “The Thinker” frog!!! Have a great weekend!

  9. Melisa Leach
    October 9, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for this post. I didn’t know a BES vine existed! Your watering can collection is amazing, I love them too.

  10. October 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Good morning, Mary! Just yesterday I was going to a friends and saw 2 fabulous, vintage watering cans on someone’s front porch. I am SO tempted to go ask if she would like to sell them! Your collection is amazing. Love how you have them hanging. I never knew there was a black eyed susan vine! I will have to see if I can get one next Spring! Have a beautiful weekend!!!

  11. October 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I chuckled out loud when I read, “need to enroll in Pumpkin and Watering Can Anonymous”!

  12. Ellen Stillabower
    October 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Love the display..just darling!!! Thanks for sharing…🍃🍃🍃🍂🍂🍂🌾🌾🌾

  13. Ellen Martin
    October 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Love this post, especially the Black Eyed Susan vine and chain of vintage watering cans!! As always………so charming and lovely!!

  14. October 9, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I’m loving your Black Eyed Susan vine and trying to think of where I might plant one. Your bench is a perfect trellis for this sweet lady. I smile just at the thought of your wonderful watering can collection. That’s one I’ve not started other than the few scattered about that I use daily. I think I told you about the home I visited a couple of years ago on a garden club trip. The hostess had an amazing collection of watering cans collected through the years and across the globe. They all hung from the rafters in her log cabin on the ranch that was built in the 1800s. A beautiful sight! ;-)

  15. Melodie Strickland
    October 9, 2015 at 11:57 am


    Love your black-eyed Susan vine and watering can collection. I’ve never seen white pumpkins before. It is a wonderful fall display by your potting shed.


  16. Sharon
    October 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    A feast for the eyes! I live in drought stricken Southern California where there isn’t enough water to let anything lush grow. People are increasing replacing lawns with gravel. Your pictures are gorgeous and soothing to my soul. Keep sending them they are like an oasis.

  17. franki
    October 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Your watering cans are so pretty…I use mine with peonies in the spring…something about that zinc color!!! That is one happy Black Eyed Susan!!! franki

  18. October 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    My Susan vines are in a state of confusion right now…with nowhere else to climb…lol. Great post, and the M is for Mystery…lol love all the bitty pumpkins. Thanks, Sandi

  19. E. Hely
    October 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    LOVELY! Feels like Autumn! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and amazing photography! Such FUN Fall decorations! I really LOVE it! :-) Happy Sweet Fall Season!

  20. Sybil Phillips
    October 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    White pumpkins in Tuscaloosa are almost non- existent. I did find one at Fresh Market. I love the floral arrangement that you did and want to create it. By the way, my pumpkin has a stem. I have enough blooms to make an arrangement.
    Love what you do.

  21. October 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I love vintage watering cans! You have quite a collection. Your vine is amazing trailing all through your bench. Great zinc “M” with all the cute white pumpkins. Your potting shed is always a delight.

  22. October 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I could easily be a member of the Watering Can Anonymous organization…as well as Dishes Anonymous, Linens Anonymous and Cookbook Anonymous… plus a few others…thankfully, I have seen the light and am slowly…very s l o w l y divesting myself of some of my collections…

  23. October 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    White pumpkins are seriously the best! So unique and sophisticated :)

  24. October 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    A very nice fall display Mary! No Pumpkins Anonymous… Stick to denial like the rest of us-it’s more fun:@)

  25. October 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I’m all about the white pumpkin. And the Black-Eyed Susan vine is so much fun. I didn’t know they came in the vine variety! There’s a neighborhood near ours where most of the front gardens are “natural” but there are black-eyed Susans all over the neighborhood. I enjoy driving through and looking at them.

    I received my package today, and we are all thrilled (especially Finlay…he says to thank Chloe and Gracie). Be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks for the prizes to be featured on my blog! ;P

    Enjoy your weekend!


    • October 10, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Hi Ricki Jill, Glad it arrived safely! Happy Howling Treats to Finlay :)

  26. Paula
    October 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm


    I received my package today ThankYOU!! WOW its wonderful!! my hubby wanted me to whip something up a.s.a.p. hehe :)

    The vine is so pretty among all the pumpkins, whats not to love about pumpkins !?!! Can never have to many,


    • October 10, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Hi Paula, So glad it arrived safely! Hope you mix up a wicked witches brew with it :)

  27. October 10, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Now I’m wanting to find a Black Eyed Susan Vine or Seeds here to see if she will grow wildly in the Desert too? Such a beautiful showstopper she is and your Images of her are delightful! I have a Love of Vines and those that flower are just a bonus aren’t they? You mentioned she’s an annual, so does she die back every year and have to be trimmed away and then re-emerge the following Spring? Will have to google this Wonderful Plant, what a great addition to any Garden! Yes, we too are building our Pumpkin stash, couldn’t grow our own this year since we moved off acreage to a Home with smaller Garden. Happy Autumn from the ArizOna Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

  28. Anne
    October 10, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Mary you make some of the most simple things look exciting and beautiful, its that touch of magic you have.

  29. melinda randall
    October 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Love your pictures. I too collect watering cans. Question. …how do you keep bees out of them? I am allergic to bees and they are always swarming around mine!!

    • October 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Melinda, I haven’t see any bees around my watering cans…do you mean wasps? They will build a nest in anything with a hole or opening. I’m not allergic but I’ve taken a hose to one before to flush them out and then remove the nest :)

  30. October 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Love your water can collection and the way you have them displayed……off to get me some chain for my watering cans. Great idea!!!! I love the black eyed susan vines also. I also love the hummingbird vines. My hummingbird vine has gone crazy this year which I love.

  31. October 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    How beautiful ( I was named after black eyed susan’s believe it or not LOL )
    And your display of vintage watering cans is sheer perfection !

  32. Pat
    October 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    This is a stunning show of Black~eyed~Susan vine, dear one!!!
    I had not seen this before, but will definitely “look” for the seed next Spring!!!
    Love, LOVE, L O V E your collection of galvanized watering cans!!!
    Can one have too many watering cans??? I think, not!!!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely Garden Shed outer decor!!!

  33. Jolene
    March 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Love love this idea! You have inspired me. Do you put a price limit on The watering cans you buy?



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