Berries and Blossoms
First stop was in my yard, and my neighbor's across the drive we share. Her Cornus florida (dogwood) still has lots of berries but the birds have stripped ours. She is also the one who has the lovely pink camellia.
The robins really love dogwood berries and our tree is in the sun more than hers is so they come to mine first. The leaves are all off ours also and that gives the birds an easier snack than this with leaves still hanging. Dogwoods are so pretty from spring when they are covered with blooms through their summer leaves to the red berries of fall and right on through the tracery of their twiggy branches all winter. Unfortunately, many of them , including ours, are suffering from a blight for which there seems to be no cure. Sad.
Camellias look like they should be spring or summer bloomers but they are best in the fall. This is a small shrub but it is covered with these lovely blooms. The white ones are beautiful but my heart belongs to the pinks like this. All kinds of pink and rose have been developed, some with stripes, but this is my favorite of all, with white coming in a distant second. Delicate looking but rather hardy, and green all winter.
Nandina is sometimes known as the air-conditioner plant because today's landscape designers do not find it valuable for anything other than to hide the air-conditioner. Living in an old neighborhood, though, there is at least one on almost every lot. What is not to like about this huge shrub which berries prolifically, requires next to no care and stays green all year.
I know that these are leaves and not berries but they were so bright against the clear blue sky that I had to show you. Most of my life I have lived in oak or pine forests, but here we are in a mixed and Maple forest. This area of town is covered in Maples, Crepe Myrtles and now some new elms have been planted. This fence,on an alley I pass walking to Vicki's house, has luxuriant Pyracantha on three sides. The branches are quite thick indicating that it is far from new, but I have no idea of its age. I always enjoy going down that alley. Isn't it striking against the grey of the unpainted wood fence?
When we moved into this house we had no idea what a wonderful area this would be to live in. I am thankful every day that we are here. It suits me to a T and does that bring us back to the orange heels? TN actually won yesterday in a very high scoring game. A win is a win, though, and the coach gets just a little job security for another week.
Thanks for letting me share a little of my corner of the world.