Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Red and Green

Japanese maple

Japanese plum yew and variegated ivy




Oakleaf hydrangea

Southern magnolia

Eastern prickly pear



9 comments :

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

How lovely and what a great idea for a post this time of year. Still so much to enjoy outside in the garden.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Lovely images for the holidays. So glad someone has more than brown in their garden for me to see...

PlantPostings said...

Very nice! Now you have me in the holiday spirit. Beautiful plants and photos!

Indie said...

I feel like the combination of berries and leaves must be why Christmas colors are red and green! So wintery and beautiful. I absolutely love the first picture in your post! The Japanese maple looks so gorgeous against the backdrop of the house.

Sheila Read said...

Carolyn, I didn't plan to do a post on red and green, but when I looked at my photographs I realized that that was what I had been attracted to in the landscape.

Donna, I actually took most of these photos on the University of North Carolina campus. I wish I had so much color in my garden now.

Beth, I now understand why Christmas colors are red and green!

Indie, I took a wrong turn while driving and was stunned when I saw the red of the Japanese maple against the house. I wish I knew what variety it was - most of the Japanese maples have dropped their leaves by now.

linniew said...

Festive winter images-- Hope you are warm and jolly Sheila!

Stacy said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa! How did your prickly pears come to have so few prickles??? No fair! I've seen some "prickle-less" varieties here, but they're more like the nopales I've seen from Mexico.

Beautiful post, Sheila. :) Despite my obsessions. The colors in your photos are gorgeous. I'm off to sing "The Holly and the Ivy" for a while, in your honor.

Sheila said...

Linnie, I am warm and happy with Christmas approaching ...

Stacy, so the Eastern prickly pear cactus doesn't live up to Western prickle standards? I do recall literally getting stuck to a cactus in the desert in California. I just barely brushed the cactus and it grabbed and held me. Quite painful getting my hand detached from the prickle.

Stacy said...

No, no, Sheila--my comment was sheer envy! I've gotten stuck on those things far too often. (Stepping on prickly pears hidden in what you think is just a grassy field isn't much fun, either.)