Knock-your-socks-off gorgeous in the far corner by the hen pen is barberry with it electrically sharp spines. Bright, lipstick red leaves will bring the whole plant to center stage by Thanksgiving.
|Harlequin Glory-bower or Clerodendrum|
For now it is watched over by the Clerodendrum whose elegantly, old-fashioned-sweet summer blossoms somehow translate into crazy jester hats for Halloween and fall.
|Porcelain Berry Vine|
The summer preview for Porcelain Berry Vines is more about sound and honey. The tiny, barely-noticeable clumps of flowers are honeybee magnets, causing the whole vine over our back patio to humm-m-m-m during daylight all summer long. But fall pops out these purple, pink, blue and gray jewel "beads" that flickers find tasty.
Beauty berries are just natural show-offs. A table center piece with orange-ripe persimmons and clumps of these near-fluorescent berries is stunning. In January the bush is a banquet for migrating birds.
There are few words to paint adequately the portraits for these wonders so letting the pictures speak for themselves is one of the Things I get to do today.