Pop of Red

Nothing like bright red in winter to brighten the landscape.

This Possumhaw holly (Llex decidua) tree has finally reached an age where it produces lots of berries, and they are a larger size than the past two years.  A US native, it grows wild where is enough moisture.

Female plants bear fruit and need a male plant near by.  We only have the one Possumhaw, so I can’t explain why it produces berries.  But I’m glad it does.

Reportedly consistently moist fertile soil is needed.  Not here.  Guess this is one tough little tree.

This gnarly, thorny Texas Scarlett Quince (Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’)    grows close to the ground making it impossible to clear out dead leaves and weeds from under it.  Scratched and bleeding arms are the results.

this plant’s only saving grace is that it provides the first color of the year and that it can be seen from the main area of the house.

Other varieties of Flowering Quince grow upright and have more flowers on them.  I chose the Texas native for its hardiness.  If I were buying again, I would go for pretty.

A stunning early morning sunrise is a great way to start the day.

This picture was taken in late fall but is appropriate for the pop of color theme.  Cardinals are active here in the winter.  With all their darting up/down, it looks like they’re avoiding gun fire.  It’s rare that I have a chance to get a pix.

These two Amaryllis were planted at the same time.  Crazy that the one on the left has no flowers and the one on the right, no foliage.

I don’t buy Amaryllis for myself but love and enjoy them as gifts.  I put them in tall vases to help them stay upright.  I’ll probably move this one to a taller vase so the stem won’t have to be staked.

Can’t get much redder or brighter in color than this.

A sunrise with a buttermilk sky makes me smile.

“When red-headed people are above a certain social grade, their hair is auburn.”  Mark Twain






4 thoughts on “Pop of Red

  1. Love all your photos of red winter beauty! I keep looking for the right spot on our property for a couple of possumhaw hollies. We have other hollies, but I like the possumhaw the best. Love seeing the cardinals, too. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment and for reading my blog. The winter dormant period for plants is necessary, but like most gardeners, I get impatient for spring.

  2. Our internet service has been down for almost two weeks so it was a treat to get to read two of your blogs at once. I love the reds, but I also enjoyed the structural interests in the barren plants.

    We see a variety of birds, depending on weather conditions. I enjoy watching & trying to identify them. I’m looking forward to seeing the offerings of spring, too.

    • Thanks again for being a faithful reader. We don’t have a wide variety of bird species but I love seeing the ones who do come. Just when we think spring will come any minute because the temperatures are so warm, another cold spell hits. Still lots of work to do to prepare for plants sprouting leaves.

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