Around the Potting Shed: Wild Vines and Volunteers


September is a month of transition in the garden with summer blooms waning and annuals spent from the summer heat. . .just like me. I’m biding my time stalking the gardens centers and waiting not so patiently for pumpkins and ready to add some mums, pansies and ornamental kale!


Vines are loving are heat and humidity and still growing and going strong.


I cut some grapevine, pokeberry and Morning Glory blooms to add to my Potting Shed Garden Shop Sign that hangs on the back door of my Potting Shed.


Morning Glory volunteers every year, so I let it grow enjoying the blooms, crawling and rambling along the lantana.


And I placed some stakes and trellises to allow it climb.



This small red morning glory appeared to the delight of the hummingbirds, growing among the pink blooms on this trellis that I placed in my new perennial bed.


Wild grapevine is growing along the field next to my Potting Shed, along with pokeberry or pokeweed.


While pokeweed is poisonous to humans, the birds flock to feast on the berries that beginning ripening in August and September.


Black-eyed Susan vine has climbed my ladder and overtaken the Knock Out® Rose growing next to it.


And sweet potato vine has spread and filled in the holes where the petunias were in the window boxes.


I found a hanging scale after some retail therapy and another trip to The Depot at Gibson MillIf you’re looking for some fresh picked vintage, schedule a trip to this 88,000 square foot antique mall!


 I harvested a pound of hydrangea blooms to fill the scale and dry to enjoy this fall.


Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States and a source of nectar and food for butterflies and bees.


It volunteered and pushes its way up between cracks of the boards of the porch every summer and climbs the length of my shutter.



Each passion flower bloom lasts a day and is irresistible to bees.



And its the source food for the larvae of the Gulf fritillary butterfly, which feed exclusively on species of passionflower.


You can see them feast and strip the vine here.

Gulf Fritillary Buttefly and Caterpillars

“Il faut bien que je supporte deux ou trois chenilles si je veux connaître les papillons.”

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Life Cycle


“I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with butterflies.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince


Welcome fall color with wings and butterfly metaphor for life!


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  33 comments for “Around the Potting Shed: Wild Vines and Volunteers

  1. September 14, 2016 at 7:18 am

    My goodness, Mary, your photos should be on a gardening calendar, but instead, the rest of us get to enjoy them! Everything is happy around your potting shed and it’s because of your loving care. I know your anxious for pumpkins and Fall, but it was enjoyable for me to see all the lushness of late Summer, through your photos. Your new scale is a perfect addition to my favorite potting shed!

  2. September 14, 2016 at 7:20 am

    You certainly make what some would consider nuisances in the landscape very, very attractive! The morning glories and passionflower on the trellises, and the grapevine and pokeberry on the wreath – really nice. As for pumpkins – I found some at the farmer’s market last week, but I think they’re cooking in the high temps we’re still having. I keep expecting to see one burst on the porch, as it would in a microwave!

  3. donley1214
    September 14, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Your posts continue to be one of the highlights of my days. Thank you for providing the opportunity to view nature’s beauty through the eyes of one very creative and blessed lady.

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    September 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Beautiful bounty…this time if year many things take over…isn’t it IRONIC that the sweet potato wins..maybe it knows it’s popularity increases this time if year…therefore, it’s giving it a last hoorah!!! LOL!!! 🌻🍁🍂🍃

  5. September 14, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Mary, beautiful vines keep thriving! My sweet potato vines have completely taken over all the spent flowers. I am waiting for pumpkins and mums to make an appearance at the markets…hopefully soon! Have a wonderful Wednesday, Pam @ Everyday Living

  6. Teresa
    September 14, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Love your pictures of the potting shed and all the lushness! I have put together some fall containers but maybe still too hot. No fresh pumpkins placed, opted instead for some metal pumpkins picks in my arrangements. Waiting for the lower temps. Thanks for sharing your pics

  7. Linda
    September 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Just lovely and peaceful…your photography catches it all…thank you for this lovely blog!

  8. September 14, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Beautiful thriving garden! Lovely photos a joy to the eyes. Have a beautiful day.

  9. RS
    September 14, 2016 at 8:36 am

    From your garden blog to my heart. I have started collecting watering cans, up to 4 now and coincidentally planted many of the same vines as yours. Enjoying the season and your beautiful pictures.

  10. Becky
    September 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Just a gorgeous way to start my day. I don’t think I’d ever leave my garden if it looked like yours. B

  11. September 14, 2016 at 8:54 am

    It all looks wonderfully lush and blooming to me Mary! Only you could have volunteer vines that are artistically winding their way around the potting shed, making everything look beautiful in this difficult September season! I can’t wait to fill my empty pots with pumpkins and fall plants, but we are still in the high 90s in Bham, so I have to wait :( If only we could have fall without winter!

  12. Cyndy
    September 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

    A soothing place for the Soul.

  13. Ellen
    September 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

    The Potting Shed is so beautiful! You not only have a green thumb, but a green body as well! I’ve never heard of many of these plants and they are all so awesome. Love the hanging scale, it is the perfect addition to the shed. Your photos are beyond compare- you have an eye for natural beauty. Thank-you for this lovely post, even the caterpillars are cute(in their own caterpillar way)!

  14. Debbie
    September 14, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Your garden is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  15. Shirley
    September 14, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I’ve never seen blue morning glory before- here in England they are white or a pale pink. LOVE your potting shed.

  16. Kathy M.
    September 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    My moonflower vines are putting a beautiful evening display on and the black eyed Susan vine just continues to go higher! Looking forward to fall plantings but still just too hot. Thanks for info on passionflowers. Just found several vines in our front pasture and I love any plant that helps our butterflies. Will encourage their growth.

  17. Granny Gay:)
    September 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Morning Glories are one of my favorite flowers…they are just so happy. Thank you for sharing yours, as well as the other garden delights…brightens up my day as we continue restoration from the Flood of 2016. :)

  18. September 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Everything still looks happy and healthy Mary! I love the pretty colors of the morning glory and haven’t seen red before:@)

  19. Bonnie
    September 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Mary, I don’t often comment, but I read every post, and enjoy them and all the wonderful photos you provide. Just wanted you to know that there may be many who don’t always comment daily, but love what you do. Thanks!!

    • September 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you for your visits and comment Bonnie!

  20. September 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    It is always amazing to me to see your garden in late summer overflowing with beautiful vines and flowers. You certainly have a very happy place for them to thrive. I love the purple passion flower…had it in North Florida…did not know they grew here.

  21. Marie in AZ
    September 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Mary, your garden is an absolutely beautiful riot of colorful flowers and green vines…I always appreciate your cheerful photographs.

  22. franki
    September 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    W O W!!!!! franki

  23. Virginia
    September 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Mary the garden around your potting shed is so beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Melanie
    September 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Great photos …I love viewing your garden through your eyes..

  25. September 15, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your lUSH vines growing all over! Love that scale too. We have pumpkins, mums gourds etc. all over so I got mine this week and am enjoying FALL!!!

  26. September 16, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Ahh So much beauty! The back door is gorgeous♥

  27. September 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I just pulled bushel baskets full of morning glories, because they have infested every square inch of our garden and backyard. Too much of a good thing, lol, isn’t good. I hesitated to add them to an indoor bouquet, as Im afraid they will plant themselves in the floor and I will have to pull them from there too. BUT, they are lovely—if they would just stay where they are put, thanks for the beautiful post, Sandi

  28. Jo
    September 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Such lush and lovely vines and flowers. The butterfly is a favorite. We are starting to get our autumn rains here in NW WA – and the volunteer pansies are coming up everywhere. I let them grow and then transplant them to the pots on the deck for pretty winter color. I love that they will grow all winter. Your potting shed is just adorable.

  29. martha mundy
    September 20, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Beautiful pictures, enjoy your posts!!

  30. October 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Mary, I’m catching up on your glorious posts and I’m speechless at this garden paradise you have created. Lush is the first word that came to my mind and see that others thought the same! The volunteers are also spectacular, especially the red morning glories which attracted the hummers. Love your new addition piled high with the hydrangea blossoms. So gorgeous!! Linda

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