Blog Archives (fall)

fall poison ivy

Up here in central New England, 2017 has had an extremely late first frost. (I wil forgo discussion of global warming to avoid the hate mail that such topics generate.) 

November 11, 2017 - 6:46pm
poison ivy in fall

In spite of its generally tough-guy attitude, poison ivy is one of the first plants to give up and turn colors in the fall. Which makes early fall a great time to look for it. Often you can find trees, walls, or the ground itself covered with bright red, orange and yellow leaves.

TAGS: autumn, fall
September 14, 2017 - 10:31pm
poison ivy and trees

My last blog post was about how poison ivy sometimes reveals itself with fall color. Here is a weird one where poison ivy is "pretending" to be part of a tree.

TAGS: fall, autumn
November 4, 2016 - 8:12pm
poison ivy in a hedge in the fall

One interesting thing that happens in the fall is that, sometimes, poison ivy gets shown to be hiding in plain site. Here we have a poison ivy vine growing in a hedge. During the spring, summer, and winter, the ivy blends in with the hedge.

TAGS: fall
October 31, 2016 - 12:09pm
poison ivy leaf in the fall

This is a pattern I have seen fairly often, where poison ivy leaves turn into spectacular fall color patterns. I have no idea why this pattern develops, but it sure is eye-catching.

TAGS: fall, pattern
October 26, 2016 - 6:03pm
climbing poison ivy in fall

Here is another good example of poison ivy showing its fall colors. This impressive vine is climbing a tree and spreading out its branches over 6 feet in all directions.

October 20, 2016 - 1:10pm
Colorful fall poison ivy

It is everywhere right now in the northern states: poison ivy is among most lovely fall color you will see, which will likely cause a few sad people to pick poison ivy leaves to decorate the house. The results can be really awful.

TAGS: fall, color
October 12, 2016 - 6:19pm
poison ivy in the fall

Here is a nice little story sent in by a visitor to the site, which makes a good reminder for the fall season:

TAGS: fall, autumn
September 9, 2016 - 3:03pm
poison ivy in fall color

Yes, this IS poison ivy in the fall, pretending to be just innocent fall foliage.

But if you pick these for your Thanksgiving table decoration you could wind up with some itchy guests.

TAGS: fall, foliage
November 1, 2015 - 9:30pm
Fall poison ivy

For all of its tough-guy reputation, eastern poison ivy is one of the first plants to give in and turn colors in the late summer. No idea why it does this before even the other vines, like Virginia creeper turn.

TAGS: fall
August 24, 2015 - 1:20pm