Monday, May 23, 2011

Akebia 'Silver Bells' Chocolate Vine

In my PREVIOUS POST on my outdoor space, several questions were asked/commented on the vine climbing  the pergola. In years gone by, I'd visit landscape/nursery business in the fall, in search of year-end bargains. This one was one of them. Though I had never seen or heard of this one, I was intrigued by the name 'Silver Bells Chocolate Vine,' priced at, I think, a dollar, and decided I had nothing to lose! At the time, I temporarily planted it at a small arbor because the front pergola wasn't in place yet. The following year the front pergola was built, so I transplanted it there, thinking it was its permanent place. But that was before the pergola was built in the back where it found its final resting place! By then, it had grown quite a bit as it needed to be untangled to re-train it up the post. I used grapevines threaded through the spaces to give it support for the vine to cling to which worked really well.

 The smell of these cute, little flowers are amazing!
The description given more than lives up to it!
The details...
and grown in Canada!

DIL M wants a start of this vine, so this spring I buried a still attached, new growth stem underground, hoping it will root. The leaves stay on into late, late fall and because they are small, tend to be a little messy. But I'd buy another one in a minute, it's so lovely!

This was one lucky buy for me!

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6 comments:

Pattie said...

What a beautiful vine. I love vines. I found you from Boogieboard Cottage.

Marie said...

That is indeed a beautiful vine Esther! I love your blog and have been following you a while now. Your posts just keeps getting better and better!
-Marie

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I think I'm one of the commenters who wanted to know what kind of vine it was. Thanks for the information and I will look for this at my garden center. It truly is lovely and I like its cold hardiness!

Cindy said...

I noticed the vine in your recent post and is it ever beautiful. I would love to have a vine like that.
Funny that it came from a nursery in Ontario, Canada.
Hugs, Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...

The vine is beautiful and how smart you are in making a new one for your DIL!

XO,
Jane

Boho Farm and Home said...

What a beautiful blog! I found you thru An Oregon Cottage. I am a follower now.

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