Did you know that traditionally Christmas tree’s were decorated with winter flowers and berries, mosses, dried fruit even nuts and pine cones! These days we tend to opt for the mass produced glitz and glitter that arrives intertwined with the festive season of the 21st century.
Perhaps for Christmas 2015 you could try adding a little natural foliage and berries to the mantlepiece or window ledges of your home, invites the best of the outdoors in and leaving those biting winds behind.
Decorating with a natural harvest is very rewarding, whether it’s a simple wreath or a table centrepiece. It is sure to be a welcome addition to your Christmas decorations.
Need some assistance when identifying Winter berries? The following photo quiz will help you fill your home with the right types of berries and leaves.
The Answers to our Very Berry New Year quiz can be found here 🙂
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Callicarpa or beauty berry is a awesome shrub with the metallic violet berries and lavender star like flowers. Deserving of a blog post all of it’s own! I will include some close up pictures for you Nancy.
Thanks Elisabeth, Glad you enjoyed the quiz.
I had taken my kids on a nature walk and we saw the berries in #5. Now I can finally tell the kids what they are!
That’s quite an impressive berry collection! I especially love the color of the purple berries
and would love see those up close.
Wow! I know NOTHING about berries! LOL!
Great info and very interesting! I have to say… I have seen many of these, however, I did not know much about them. I recall seeing the Yew berries as a child and being told they were poisonous!
Thanks for sharing!
great collection of berries and photos. I only knew a couple. 🙂