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