We’ve had a bit of a warm-up in southern
. Cold is relative, I guess. After suffering through days of bitter single-digit cold with below-zero wind chills, the high was a balmy 20°F today, with sunshine and next to no wind. It was warm enough for me to venture out with my camera for a quick jaunt around the garden. It was actually refreshing! Wisconsin
I thought I’d capture some shots of “festive” plants with red berries and seeds that really pop against the white snow.
Common Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), for example, sports particularly bright berries that are a popular food source for birds.
Cotoneaster (C. horizontalis) looks cozy, tucked under a canopy of fluffy snow. These branches are great additions to floral arrangements—particularly if you can catch them with green leaves intact and before they’re buried by snowdrifts.
Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is a plant that never ceases to please, no matter the season. Even in bitter cold, it sports bright red berries that match the drama of its autumn crimson/fuchsia foliage.
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is another great addition to floral arrangements. It’s a striking companion to sprigs of Pine and Spruce, White Carnations, Pine cones and Red Twig Dogwood.
These are just a few examples of plants that provide nonstop beauty—even in the depths of winter.