Holiday cheer in the garden

Walking around the Berkeley Botanic Garden the other day in the midst of the sea of green punctuated with bright fall orange and red colors was the perfect antidote to the Minnesota blahs (perpetual gray weather right now).  Like many Botanic Gardens, this one showcases vegetation of various regions of the world with a variety of plantings.  But since the current climate dictated “fall”, each region exhibited some colorful plants –perfect for getting in the upcoming holiday mood.

Berkeley Botanic Garden

Berkeley Botanic Garden

Japanese garden in the Berkeley Botanic Garden

Japanese garden in the Berkeley Botanic Garden

This beavertail cactus in the southwestern desert region displayed more fruits than the number of ornaments on the typical Christmas tree.  How about this decoration for your living room?

Southwestern desert garden at Berkeley Botanic Garden

Southwestern desert garden at Berkeley Botanic Garden

Even the birds seemed to like posing in the colorful foliage.

Oregon Junco in crabapple tree

Oregon Junco in crabapple tree

I think lack of color in the northern temperate winter is one of the hardest things about living in the snow country.

2 thoughts on “Holiday cheer in the garden

  1. I actually like the grays, browns, and russets of the fields right now, but then I don’t live in the north where the winters can seem to last forever. I have a sister who lives in White Bear Lake, MN so I know how long and dreary the winters there can be!

    • It’s a small world, indeed! We eat breakfast every Saturday morning in White Bear Lake. Perhaps we have passed your sister on the street sometime….

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