Vines growing through our lives...
This is the story of ground cover that doesn't know it is supposed to be on the ground. There are two kinds of ivy in these pictures and another type of ground cover that I can't name.
There are stories about all three of these plants.
The green and white ivy leaves were a small house plant that I bought many years ago and kept in the house for a couple of years. It quickly outgrew its pot so instead of putting it in a bigger pot in the house, I decided to "set it free" and planted it outside near the old catalpa tree.
The tiny dark green ivy leaves with light veins (bottom left corner of image to right; center bottom of image above) have a wonderful story. Those little ivy leaves were in my bridal bouquet. I dried the flowers from my bouquet and have them displayed now in my dining room curio with the tiny American and Norwegian flags that were arranged with them on our wedding day. As the rest of the bouquet of fresh flowers dried, I the rooted the ivy from the bouquet in water. I planted it outside and it has been growing happily ever since by the old catalpa tree.
Those other green ground cover leaves that I cannot identify were cuttings from my parents' garden. They have survived so very nicely here since the time I trimmed them from plants at my parents' home about 30 years ago, carefully rooted them in water, then planted them in the ground near the old catalpa tree.
All three of those "ground cover" plants have decided they really like that old catalpa tree with its huge heart-shaped leaves. The vines now grow nearly to the height of a third floor window of our home and the old catalpa tree doesn't seem to mind the vines that adorn its trunk.
I love the wonderful memories these vines bring every time I see them there.