Silent Sunday – Winterberry

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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83 Responses to Silent Sunday – Winterberry

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  2. Dale says:

    Winterberry… and a robin! This is lovely, Eliza!

  3. That’s a spectacular show! Such a great shrub.

  4. Isha says:

    Oh wow! Love this ❤️

  5. Anne says:

    Beautiful bright berries against the mist!

  6. Bumper crop of Winterberry this year. It’s everywhere. Nice lush bush, Eliza!

  7. Alice says:

    A bird banquet and a beautiful sight for us humans.

  8. Beautiful! My branches are bare, but I certainly enjoyed them while they were available. I like your header shot too.

  9. Treah Pichette says:

    So beautiful! I must get one of these. Do you find the birds eat them? The berries seem to last so I wonder if it’s a preferred food or not.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, I love and recommend this plant. The birds will eat every berry before the month is out. Even those that fall on the ground are munched by critters. You have to have one male within 20′ to pollinate. I’d get several females to put on your bank in front of the birches… they like soggy feet, too. 🙂

  10. Love ’em! It’s been a good year for winterberry.

  11. neihtn2012 says:

    The birds must love these gorgeous berries!

  12. ke01341 says:

    And the moon!

  13. Jim R says:

    Much prettier than the crab apple in our cul-de-sac circle. But, it is laden with fruit that will get eaten.

  14. cindy knoke says:

    Merry Christmas Eliza!

  15. utahan15 says:

    winged inebriants fly into glass
    so often it came to pass

  16. bittster says:

    Love it. They’re having a good year here in Pa as well, but the mist really sets yours off perfectly!

  17. Beautiful, Eliza! Different season, different beauty. Nature always has a wonder, doesn’t it?

  18. In central Texas we have a closely related species that is also a fruitful delight at the turning of the year. What nature photographer wouldn’t pursue such a bright red in otherwise drab woods?

  19. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    What a wonderful crop of berries Eliza! 🧡

  20. maryjane678 says:

    Very Christmasy – is there such a word ?? Well, you know what I mean!

  21. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Very festive

  22. naturebackin says:

    Amazing how many berries and such a celebratory colour too, and providing a feast for the birds and other critters!

  23. Tina says:

    Beautiful berries, ready for the birds. Great shot, Eliza!

  24. Adele Brand says:

    Very bright! Which bird species visit this bush?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Adele. Most popular with American robins, bluebirds, cedar waxwings. A flock of waxwings can finish these off in a matter of hours and then be gone in a flash.

  25. Jane Lurie says:

    Ooh, I love these, Eliza. Lovely image with the foggy woods. Happy, happy holidays to you and yours! 🙂

  26. shoreacres says:

    I’d not heard of winterberry, but as soon as I saw it, I thought “Possumhaw!” Well, yes and no. Our possumhaw is Ilex decidua and once it loses its leaves, it looks almost exactly like this. It seems that your berries might be a little thicker than on ours, but of course that could be due to any number of external factors.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, there are similarities. This one likes a lot of moisture, so do better when there is ample rainfall or they grow in wetter soils. This year we had good rain thankfully.

  27. Cathy says:

    Beautiful seasonal colour Eliza. 😃 I must look into Winterberry, as I have a lack of berries that last until Christmas!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It is always my hope that the berries will make it to Christmas, but I can’t begrudge the birds if they eat them all up earlier. This year I might just make it. 🙂

  28. Robin says:

    Beautiful, Eliza! And you caught a robin, too. I love Winterberry. I don’t know why we haven’t planted any. I should remedy that. 🙂

  29. Bird food banquet! So pretty in the winter landscape…

  30. Love this beautiful scene! Winter beauty.

  31. I love this pop of colour among the more muted shades!

  32. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely! I have intended to add more berry-producers to my garden. I’ll keep winterberry in mind.

  33. Prior... says:

    Really calming 😉

  34. They are such brighteners for the winter season, so pretty! I see a bonus American Robin down in the bottom right of the tree, already eyeing those berries. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Donna. There was a robin feasting this morning, which was nice to see. I wonder how they manage to survive this far north, but they do!

      • In past few weeks in the mornings, I’ve had flocks of robins following starlings in to our juniper trees, but the starlings are so chaotic, they scare the robins away to the higher oaks to watch the frenzy, lol.

  35. Nothing like red berries to add color to a winter scene. That’s a nice big bush!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Denise, I love that shot of red at this bleak time of year. I planted this at least a dozen years ago and it is close to mature height. I need more, maybe next spring I’ll add a couple new ones. The birds love them, too.

  36. I love the red berries against the green backdrop of trees. I always love that sight here too .

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