By botanical definition, the grape is technically a true berry. Surprise!
If you want to create a green outdoor room around a table or a bench, train grapevine on a sturdy arbor or trellis. The grapevine quickly fills up the space and creates welcome shelter from the summer sun. In the spring and summer it looks graceful, with springy, curly tendrils grabbing and twisting around supports. In the fall, the grape leaves turn coppery-red and translucent bunches of grapes hang within arm’s reach, glowing in the sunlight like amber. The grapes over-ripen to a degree to which the air around them is saturated with an unmistakable honey-like sweetness. For those gastronomically inclined, grape leaves are used for the wrapping of dolmades, a Greek delicacy made of rice, fresh herbs and seasonings.
The little grapevine in the picture was chosen by my daughter, who is a natural green thumb. It is a red table grape that looks healthy and strong and grew significantly since we planted it. She keeps checking it regularly and evaluating its development. This is its second year in our yard and it’s looking good. It started covering the trellis it is growing on. More to follow.