This lovely plant is a Virginia creeper.

Some folks call it five-finger. Poison ivy has three leaflets. Leaves of three, let it be; leaves of five, let it thrive. Leaves of five, stay alive.

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 Dame's rocket is often confused for a native phlox, but phlox has 5-petaled flowers and dame's rocket has 4 petals.

Dame's rocket is often confused for a native phlox, but phlox has 5-petaled flowers and dame's rocket has 4 petals.

 The Virginia waterleaf has spots on its earliest leaves that resemble water stains.

The Virginia waterleaf has spots on its earliest leaves that resemble water stains.

 Samara warriors. 

Samara warriors. 

Samaras, the winged seeds of maple trees, covered the drive. They had been carried by the wind. As a child, I called samaras whirlybirds, helicopters or whirligigs.

 A tortoise has to deal with a lot of overhead.

A tortoise has to deal with a lot of overhead.