This display on a telephone post is made up of Virginia Creeper ( Parthenociccus quinquefolia) and Bittersweet ( Celastrus scandens).
The old adage about planting vines is pretty true to the mark, "First they sleep, then they creep, then they leap". There are a few variations on this truism, as it was with my Clematis rehderiana which slept for several years in one place only to leap this year after being moved to a better location, it seemed to have missed the creeping stage altogether.
There has been a lot of leaping going on this year in the vining community, although in such slow motion that I hardly noticed it until the colouring of the leaves over the last few weeks. Suddenly there seemed to be rampant vertical displays everywhere, all the more vivid when viewed against clear blue skies.
How could I have missed the Morning Glory that had climbed up through the centre of a hollow post of a street sign, reappearing ( probably around June) at the four foot mark and then dissappearing back into the post until it reached the very top where it flowered for the rest of the late summer.
The Morning Glory reappearing from the interior of the post and then going back in to resume its climb to the top.
Virginia Creeper ( perhaps it should be renamed Virginia leaper) is a bit of a pest around the shared vegetable garden, but can be briefly forgiven when it completely covers a telephone post and puts on this display in the Fall.