Freitag, 11. November 2016


"Bittersweet" is one of my favorite things to decorate with in the fall.  Sometimes it grows prolifically, but in the last few years I have only been able to find a little, so I have been careful not to pick too much.  I have seen it grow as a vine, climbing other plants, or it will take a bush-like shape.  It look unremarkable in the summer, and I admit that I have never seen the flowers.  In the fall it has deep orange berries in clusters.  

Here is a sketchbook page I did when I first picked some earlier in the fall.

And here is a very poor picture of what it looks like after the leaves have fallen.  The outer hulls on the berries sort of peel back and the berries have sort of a segmented look with lines like a cross over the end.

A google search will probably yield more beautiful photos and better information than what I can give, but I wanted to show it since I referenced it in my last post.  I actually didn't use it very much in the arrangement that I showed because I only picked a few stems of it.  The red berries in those photos are wild rose hips.


  1. How cool! I don't know if I knew what bittersweet looked like before. Love the artwork!

  2. That opened flower-berry wants painting.
    I like that sketchbook page.