I am intrigued by vines that grow naturally in Manitoba. Because I think of them as a more tropical plant form, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I see one. And their natural twining abilities impress and amaze me.
I have seen the wild honeysuckle in varying colours, from yellow, to yellow and orange, right on through to a definite red.
As I was walking along the road near our farm yesterday, I saw these in the ditch. Such an exotic looking seed pod.
And those crazy curly tendrils, like the telephone cords of wall phones from long ago. Well, a decade ago. Well, some of us still have them.
Wild cucumber, Echinocystis lobata. The name Echinocystis comes from the Greek echinos for “hedgehog” and cystis for “bladder”.
I remember taking photos at the same spot last September, so I hereby present some from that season. Same plant, in its long ago youth.
I love the combination of green spikes, green tendrils, green leaf curves, green shadow.
Guess what’s peeking out of that seed pod.
Wild Cucumber seeds
I find two of these seeds still wrapped in a scrap of paper on the corner of my kitchen counter. I will definitely be attempting germination and planting on a garden trellis or pole structure, in the seemingly distant spring and summer yet to come.