My five-leaf Akebia vine is a wreath- and sphere-making materials factory.
This is the better part of the summer’s harvest of vines from one Akebia vine – Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine). It has little dark purple flowers that look like popped popcorn – but close to black.
It’s a vigorous vine and the flowers supposedly smell like chocolate. It’s considered invasive in the Eastern U.S. I now know why.
I can usually get two or three wreaths made from the vines that travel along the ground, snaking out in all directions. This time I made a sphere – with plans in the spring to turn the vine sphere into a hanging light to use outdoors someplace on the deck, or elsewhere.
Not sure if I should use a conventional (outdoor) single bulb, or Edison-type bulb, or just wrap it in white string lights. It might depend on where it’s going to go.
Next year’s vine project might be a different shape – maybe a star, maybe a large cone shape, a basket, peace sign, bow tie, flower shape – maybe a birdhouse! What would you make?