Trumpet Vine

I enjoyed sharing my clematis vine, so I thought I would show you my other successful vine, a trumpet vine. My dad has one of these and convinced his to make a baby (apparently you bury the end of it underground and it will sprout up as a new, separate plant that you can dig up and move – thanks Dad!). We planted it next to an old wooden fence that encloses the dog section of the backyard. For several years it grew but didn’t flower. Then suddenly it decided it liked us and now it makes flowers every year. It doesn’t seem to have as many this year as in years past, I think because we had some major lawn work done right next to it (some septic work and drainage tile) so it is probably still a little bit huffy over that. This is another plant I do absolutely nothing to – I don’t water, feed, or trim it. And this one clings nicely to the fence by itself!

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9 Responses to Trumpet Vine

  1. Alene says:

    Ohhh. It’s beautiful, and I’m so jealous. We have deer and groundhogs. Nothing lives in our yard. 😦 We’ve tried everything. You are lucky you don’t live here in Great Falls, VA. We’re near the Potomac River. Hence, the animals.

  2. marthaandme says:

    We have deer and groundhogs too. The deer have eaten some things on us. Our backyard is fenced now though so deer can’t get in. The groundhogs seem to be happy living in the field across the street. We also have a fox in the area we see in the mornings sometimes. And lots of chipmunks who keep trying to move into the house with us.

  3. Ana says:

    A beautiful trumpet vine! Resting on your fence like it knows were it belongs! Just beautiful!

  4. Lyndsey says:

    This is such a pretty vine. It’s funny that it suddenly decided to bloom! We have to be careful with vines down here. I have Jasmine and a passion fruit vine that can get out of control.

  5. This is so pretty. I have never seen a trumpet vine before.

  6. Hilda says:

    Ugh! I had considered blogging about what a noxious pest this vine is.

    I know you live in the Northeast, and maybe the climate keeps it under control a bit there. But I would NOT advise planting this vine, Latin name Campsis radicans, anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.

    I fight with this vine constantly. It wants to swallow my 40-year old camellia bushes, and it would swallow my little house if I let it. It’s very difficult to eradicate, as it sends out underground runners and comes up everywhere. It’s no surprise that it’s “thriving” for you!

  7. marthaandme says:

    Thanks for the info Hilda. I had no idea. My in-laws have one that pretty much covers the side of their garage, but it is not out of control for them. Mine doesn’t seem to be getting much bigger at all. I’m not sure about my dad’s, but he’s really picky so I am sure he trims it back with everything.

  8. Hilda says:

    In warmer climates the vine spreads via underground runners — so it will come up all over the yard, and all over the neighbor’s yards as well. It literally comes up in my lawn and flower beds.

  9. marthaandme says:

    Sounds like an alien!

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