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Old 12-01-2014, 09:58 AM   #1
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I've been enjoying listening to Christmas songs on the radio. They play classics and newer ones. So many memories.

Now that the leaves are off the trees I am noticing new things in my habitat. The American Holly trees really stand out and look beautiful with their red berries. I found two small black oaks that were hidden by other plants. They are beautiful trees.

Hoping you too are seeing interesting things that you can submit to the Photo contest.

thanks!
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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I'm so glad that you are discovering such things on your property. It is nice to appreciate all of the seasons. I'm hoping to establish native shrubs, that as they mature, will provide branching structures that will look beautiful covered in snow.

I've really fallen in love with Ilex verticulata (winterberry holly)--I'm spotting it along the roads as I drive. I can't wait to have it established here on our property!
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I wasn't able to get winterberry to grow here. They are so beautiful in winter. Anyone know of a winterberry variety that does well in the Mid Atlantic area?
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I wasn't able to get winterberry to grow here. They are so beautiful in winter. Anyone know of a winterberry variety that does well in the Mid Atlantic area?
I'd try for the local genotype if you can find a source near you. I am seeing a lot of wild populations here--and I'm in the Mid-Atlantic region.

They do like it wet, so, perhaps you can create an area for them if you don't have one already.

If you can't find anything more local, try Musser's Tree grower of quality seedlings and transplants ...it is here in PA.
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Thanks dap. I have no native plant nurseries near me.
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I hope I've attached a couple of pics. One is Tiarella cordifolia streamside on moss and liverwort. The other is various mosses at the base of an old stump (Chestnut?)



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I like the subtle colors, back40bean, especially in the second photo.
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Christmas 2012 (almost) sunrise at Indialantic, Florida

Gumbo-limbo and epiphytes at the Maritime Hammock Sanctuary in Brevard County
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Beautiful pictures back40bean and Rebek
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Thanks dap. I have no native plant nurseries near me.
There are several in south-eastern PA...how close is that to you?
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