Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

A Christmas gift of holly berries for today's Ruby Tuesday...



even though holly berries aren't edible, these look very luscious and juicy.   The birds love them.



Holly trees grow in many gardens here but are not native and are considered an invasive plant.  Many of the berries have been flown to the forests with the birds who eagerly eat them.  Holly trees grow wild in most of our forests and parks here and out-compete native shrubs.  Only the female plants have berries.  We have four trees (of various sizes) in our yard and none has berries - a family of boys.  So, we're doing our part for zero pop. growth!  And pruning a friend's tree for Christmas color is keeping that many more berries out of birds' beaks. 

Merry Christmas to all my Ruby Tuesday friends!  And, thanks to Mary T for hosting us all here.

10 comments:

Manang Kim said...

That is the only fruit bearing tree that keeps the snow ground makes colorful here..thanks for sharing!

My nativity scene

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Nice berries. Holly isn't considered invasive around here. It hardly ever grows from seed.

Have a Happy Holidays.

ilanadavita said...

Your berries are lovely set against their dark green background!

Ginny said...

you are quite a photographer! these pictures are lovely!

Marice said...

if u didnt tell me that those arent edible, i might be chewing some now :) love it color!

u may view mine here

Mimi said...

Those ruby berries almost make me wish to be a bird...almost but not quite!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Holly lives here but rarely has berries. The berries are so pretty!

Rudee said...

I enjoy a good science lesson with my photos.

Thanks!

Robin said...

I don't think I've ever seen a wild hollie plant. It's a shame they're invasive since they're lovely to look at.

storyteller said...

Delightful rubies ... perfect for the season! Thanks for sharing and for your advice at Small Reflections. I'm still trying to resolve the issues but am about to buy a new printer ... just because.
Hugs and blessings,

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