I’m not talking about a tradition that is bittersweet, I’m talking about the plant, Bittersweet. Bittersweet is a weed around here and if you are a farmer, you hate it. It twines around fences, grows ups trees, and is difficult to get rid of. If you like to decorate like me, you love it! I watch a few patches of Bittersweet on one of my local trail runs. I wait until the berries finally show their color and then I gleefully harvest it. My tradition is to gather it on a run and then run home while carrying it.
Last year I took this picture of my harvest. It is dated November 12, 2008.
I made this arrangement in November 2008 with my Bittersweet.
I went for a run this morning, November 15, 2009 and noticed that the Bittersweet had turned a beautiful red. I picked a big handful and ran home with it. I’m wearing the same shirt that I wore last year on harvest day!
I made a similar arrangement for 2009. This year it is in my living room.
Tomorrow I’ll gather more to put on my mantel.
I like the change of seasons and look forward to nature changing as it gets cold or hot. If the past two years are any indication of a pattern, then I can mark my calendar for mid-November as being the time to harvest Bittersweet.
Bittersweet looks perfect with my Thanksgiving decorations. There’s no rushing Christmas at my house. I love Thanksgiving and intend to enjoy those decorations until turkey day is here.
Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.