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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2018/03/1978-pjc-vedders-modern-mushroom.html

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans

Another exotic looking discovery in May of 1984, our very first spring down in Georgia, USA
We discovered this exotic looking Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans when coming out of Mass and snipped off some flowers for a photo, to send to our Parents in The Netherlands.
Pieter's Mom was still alive at that time... Every Sunday I wrote her a letter about the week's events.
Yes, it is a native vine here and attracts hummingbirds!
It can become invasive though as its many suckers grow very fast and also its seeds will grow up again.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists the vine as an invasive weed...
To us it was a new, exotic discovery!

24 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful flower and as you say, it attracts hummingbirds. Did you have any such birds in your garden? They must have been very colourful and wonderful.

    God bless, Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, we have several hummingbird feeders up and they come right to our bay window having breakfast with us! It is and remains one of the highlights of living here. We of course planted lots of shrubs and vines for them to get their nectar from.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello Mariette, There are so many exotic plants out there, and also the heirloom varieties one reads about it old books. I am sure that trying these out is half the fun of having a garden.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      For us, at first to explore nature here in Georgia was quite a thrill and learning from the books. We established a welcome habitat for hummingbirds and bees. Also birds and more.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Love Pieter's portraits dearest Mariette! I do agree with you on how beautiful those trumpet blooms are even if they are listed as invasive.

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    1. Dearest Stevenson,
      They are really beautiful and also quite exotic looking.
      Bet the hummingbirds don't mind them being invasive!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Those are beautiful flowers. I can imagine hummingbirds flying around them and enjoying lunch :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, they seem to be very much attracted to red, so they're very easily spotted.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Son preciosas las flores y al atraer atraer a los colibríes, puedes ddisfrutar de la belleza de esas aves y la de esas flores.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Sí, esto resulta ser una planta de doble placer!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  6. We had such a vine when we lived down in Houston. A nuisance in disguise. By the way. That car was just borrowed from the Internet . Tom would never allow me to block the rear view mirror!

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Yes, those trumpet vines are invasive! Best to be left in the wild...
      Good to hear that! Well, we once drove from Italy like that. Two cars in convoy and I was leading and we acted like a 'tandem'. Haha, I had to look real well, if both of us could pass etc. But we did it. We had both cars loaded with household belongings that went back to my Parents' place and things like our rattan furniture that we did not take to the USA. It was quite a journey of 12 hours driving that way. But if you have to rely on what you see; without a 'pilot car', forget about it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you, those were some special discoveries for us, coming from a far northern and colder land in another continent.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Regine,
      Yes, it is a little miracle flower with great hummingbird nectar.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Oh, yes! I do know this Campsis radicans, which we call Bignonia! It is indeed very invasive and every time we visit my grand-mothers country house, we find its terrace covered by this plant as it extends from the neighbour's garden!!! As we have no humming birds in Greece, it attracts a lot of wasps which is not very pleasant, as you guess, and we have to clip it hardly every time we go there! Otherwise, I do like its beautiful flowers! It's good that you enjoy the humming birds in your area!
    Many hugs and wishes for this new week!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      It is very invasive indeed, but still a stunning flower.
      We enjoy our hummingbirds especially at breakfast time as we have one big feeder hanging in front of the kitchen bay window. Wasps sometimes can annoy the hummingbirds as well, they're a nuisance.
      We had a good start of the new week, a trip to Atlanta and beautiful weather, they had rain on the radar but we didn't get any!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. I'm not surprised it attracts hummingbirds, given the shape of the flowers. I love your use of vintage photos!

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    1. Dearest SP&P,
      This flower is loved by the hummingbirds.
      Using our vintage photos is for a purpose. First of all, with our 1,500,000 miles in the air for our consulting work, we never had time to sit back and relax.
      It is now or never! Husband Pieter enjoys viewing them on his iPad Pro.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Kept under control it is beautiful in a garden, this one is a gorgeous colour Mariette 💛

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      We had one, climbing up the pine tree at our previous home but here we have none...
      The red is gorgeous indeed.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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