Several years ago, I planted a Symphoricarpos orbiculatus which never did anything but spread out by underground runners to try to take over the world. Never a berry. Weary of the rampant spreading and non performance of the plant, I've been pulling and digging it up. Wouldn't you know, the tiny bit that got left behind has produced these day glow berries. Maybe I'll let it stay.
We've had a fairly mild winter and I've seen more spiders about than usual for this time of year. One even left a gift on the porch!
Can you see the letter A mid photo, right of the bird bath? The picture doesn't show how bright and perfectly shaped it is. The plume poppy (Bocconia macleaya cordata) stems that havn't been cut back yet formed this letter by themselves. Every morning and evening the A glows at me as I sit on the back porch. Could it be a reminder that Alan (It's Not Work, It's Gardening) needs to get some of these in the mail when I dig them? A reminder to think of my niece Alison or my pal Alison (Bonney Lassie?) At least it's not a scarlet letter.
The purple berries of Pernettya mucronata and one of Judi Hook's "Seed Pods."
Hellebore echoing the color of a pot. Someone really should brush away the dead hosta remains from the side of the pot.
Sometimes it's the common things...I finally have a female Skimmia japonica to go with the males already in the garden.
The males make lovely fragrant winter blooms but no berries. This guy is budded up and almost ready to pop open.
This picture doesn't really capture the color of either of these primroses. the one on the left is a sumptuous royal purple and the one on the right is apricot. I love the colors separately and thought that the red in the centers of both would make them work together. They kind of do but the reds are enough different that they also clash a bit so I'll segregate the colors, easy enough as they're in pots.