Every week Carmi at Written, Inc. poses a theme for photographic inspiration. This week's theme is SUMMER.
We have several vines growing on the shade structure attached to our house. One of them is a grapevine that the gardening catalogs called a primarily "ornamental vine" - grown for its looks, not its fruit. It's prized for the dark coloration of its leaves, which turn bright magenta in the fall.
We grew it in our previous garden, in northern climates, and there it performed as advertised - gorgeous leaves, no fruit.
But here in Southern California, things are different. Our ornamental grapevine bears abundant, deep purple bunches of fruit! And they're delicious - as long as you beat the birds to them!
This is summer, in our garden.