Winter Color

In winter, the skies around here are usually gray. Combine that with towering evergreen trees and even midday can seem dark. That’s why I love bright spots of color that I just happen to discover while driving around town. Here are a few pretty plants I saw from the road…

Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia Aguifolium) in a bed of Salal (Gaultheria Shallon).

The rock in the background is eerily free of moss …


unlike this one…


Moss and lichen like to live in the trees, too…


Fading catkins on a native Western Hazelnut (Corylus Cornuta var. californica). They look so ethereal…


and for those of us who can never get enough dogwoods, here’s a Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ I saw tucked between a lamp post and an electrical box. I NEED one of these in my yard!…

… I love the chartreuse moss on the rock in the background, too.


These photos were taken in or near Federal Way, Washington.

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