Nature's Red Spells Christmas
|High-bush Cranberry Viburnum opulus|
Christmas is a time for red, to cheer us from a dull landscape. The human eye likes the colour red. Perhaps it is because it is the complementary colour to green which we see so much of in our surroundings. It acts as 'eye candy' and a wonderful accompaniment to Christmas.
|Red Trillium Trillium erectum|
|Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinals [Internet photo]|
|Mountain Holly Ilex mucronatus|
|Winterberry Ilex verticillata|
Shown above are the pleasing red of two of our berries. These ripen in the fall. Mountain Holly is found in damp thickets, swamps, bogs and wet woods. Winterberry is beautiful in late fall and early winter as the bright red berries cling to the naked stems. It is often picked and placed in Christmas bouquets.
Florists market many commercial red flowers at Christmas time. Shown below are the red rose and the amaryllis.
And, to finish this post, I will show a photo I took of a visit to a greenhouse where poinsettias were being grown for Christmas. What a sight this was!