This weekend was on the chilly and rainy side so we decided to take a ride to my fathers on Sunday to pick apples. He has a huge Orchard and doesnt eat that many so we loaded up. Most of his property is wooded so Jason also got me my grapvines. Friday night Jason cut down some corn stalks for me, they are drying in the garage. So it was a weekend of welcoming Falls bounty. Linda at Behind My Red Door posted about finding her Bittersweet which had me drooling, haha! Ive been looking for it around here for the past 6 years and havent been lucky. There are a few shops that sell it but it is SO overpriced, Jason would kill me if I bought it!
I know of a spot about 60 miles South where it grows alongside the road so after leaving my fathers we decided to take a little rd trip! I hit the JACKPOT!! There are about 25 "bushes" just loaded with berries. The trunk was full of apples and grapevines so Jason and I STUFFED the bittersweet into the back seat and floor, between the kids and in the front seat. As much as I could fit went in and it was ALOT!
I just knew in a matter of time I would start seeing spiders, of course I felt something crawling on my foot and then I see him coming up my leg. I HATE spiders so of course I freaked and there wasnt a thing I could do. With all that bittersweet, it was SO worth it:)
Jason and I sat down and pulled off all of the leaves last night, now I just have to find places for all of it, ha!
I did put a few corn stalks in the kitchen for decor and will post pics soon.
If you click on this pic of Jason de-leafing youll see exactly what bittersweet looks like before the berries open. A good way to see the foliage when looking for it in the wild!