Thursday, October 16, 2008

Snowball Viburnum


Snowball Viburnum
Originally uploaded by linfrye
The viburnums are just PACKED with berries this fall! In our trip to Duke Gardens this week, we saw at least a half dozen varieties of viburnums with berries from brilliant red to yellow to purple ....

This viburnum from my own property, has wonderful white blossoms in the spring that look like balls of snow; hence, the common name. This fall, those blossoms have turned into varied-hued red to deep purple berries, and the foliage, those warm, earthen tones I so love.

With all the berries, nuts and seeds around this fall, the birds haven't been too busy around my feeders. Folklore tells us that a fall heavy with fruit and nuts signifies a 'difficult' winter. This year, I can't really tell if that will be true for the weather, but if the economy doesn't improve, it will certainly prove true in that regard! We're getting more and more calls with questions on planting vegetables ...

OH! Before I forget -- we've launched our Arboretum webpage!! And with it, I'll be keeping a blog and taking more photos ... have a look, leave a comment if you'd like ...
www.johnstoncc.edu/arboretum/

Click on 'blog' to read about our trip and see some of the photos, and if you scroll back to 'previous posts' in the blog, there's an article about small scale gardening ... here's the link in case you want to jump right in:

www.johnstoncc.edu/Arboretum/blog/2008/09/default.aspx?pa...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh they are lovely; the coloring on your leaves is just gorgeous. What a terrific job on the whole piece!

Off now to visit friend but will check out the A. blog as soon as I can.
Hugs,
Lorraine

squawmama said...

Love this painting... yoou are so quick... all of your painting are my kinda style... Love them

Hugs,
Donna

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Lovely......... my favorite time of year when all the leaves are turning a beautiful color in preperation for colder days.

I don't know where you find the time... a blog for the Arboretum? I so admire those of you who do so much.....

Annie said...

I agree, the coloring is so lovely. Congrats on the arboretum and the blog. I tried to leave a comment but I guess I didn't do it right. Veggies from the garden sound useful and delicious--I'm old enough to remember WWII Victory Gardens.
annie

Joan said...

Beautiful colors in this!!! I love the delicate branches with the berries and the leaves.

africantapestry said...

Why don't my viburnums have berries this year? Does it maybe mean we're going to have a "gentle" winter? I wished mine looked like yours!
Ronell

Teri C said...

This is so beautiful Lin!!

Linda said...

I didn't realize they HAD berries! I'm going out into the yard right now. :-) Wonderful painting of autumn there!

Jona said...

Your Snowball Viburnum is FANTASTIC!! Couldn't be better! Bravo, Lin!

Congratulations for the Arboretum site. The hp looks great. Keep up the good work!