What would I ever do without my golden hops vine? I just love it.
First of all, it looks beautiful, fresh and bright climbing along the fence. Here’s a photo I took a few years ago of my first ever Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’.
This photo made me think of the old rhyme about what you can expect when planting a perennial vine in the garden: “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.” So I checked my dates and this photo was taken in June of this happy specimen’s second year. So you can imagine how big it gets nowadays! In the spring, it can grow up to 6 inches a day!…to probably about 30 feet long, maybe more. It’s amazing.
Anyway, look what it says at the top. Family: Cannabaceae (The Hemp Family) I didn’t know that! You learn something new everyday. I wonder if someone somewhere ever made twine of hops…and come to think of it, the leaves have a bit of a hemp-like look to them too.
A trio of wreath forms. Endless possibilities for these.
You can make them neat and tidy or a little more loose and free form. And the year ’round possibilities of greenery, plant material, flowers, berries, mosses, lichen, etc, etc. with which to decorate are also endless!
When I cleaned up around the base of the plant, I found some new shoots already emerging. These do seem to show up early every year. I’ve read somewhere that they’re edible and people eat them like asparagus. I must try that sometime soon….perhaps yet another reason to love this plant? We’ll see.
These vines send out quite a few new runners every year and this is the time to find and lift all the new roots and shoots. I snip them into pieces and plant them into nice big pots with lots of room for the roots to develop over the summer. (this is also a reason why I love this plant, it just keeps on giving)
This year I’ll do about 20 pots and the new plants will be ready for sale in the fall for planting out next October through March. If you live in these parts and you’d like a lovely rambling vine for a fence or wall that you can use in flower bouquets or add to homemade herbal tea or make dream pillows with or make wreath forms out of….let me know and I’ll put your name on one.
A quickly decorated wreath I made with some lichen and moss I gathered on my walk up to the garden one day. Seasonal wreaths and wreath forms are also available for purchase at the garden from time to time.