|Wild and crazy vines and bines|
I'll tell you!
You may already know what a vine is and that there are several different types of vines according to the way they climb. Well, one of those types is in essences a bine. Vines use tendrils, root protrusions and thorns to do their climbing along with a bit of twining action. The Bine, on the other hand, uses stiff hairs growing all along its stems to help it climb while it twines itself in a clockwise direction on whatever they can...trees, shrubs, poles, fences, stationary people... really, just about anything they can grab hold of.
The best example of this is the hops vine, sorry I mean to say bine--yes, the one I was researching. If you've ever seen one of these hops bines up close and personal you'll understand the hairs of which I speak. They are tiny and look harmless enough, but they're almost-but-not-quite thorny. If you are unfortunate enough to have one of their stems whip you across the face, as happened once to me while riding the lawn tractor a bit too close to the hops vine--oops! I mean bine-- on a blustery day--you'll get a nasty welt on your skin and it don't tickle! They are not so bad that you can't handle them safely without gloves, but I don't recommend it. Once bitten twice shy, you know.
So, there you go. Now you know the difference between a vine and a bine. The things you learn in the garden. I'm telling ya!