Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Saturday In November


These photos are of the Barberry Bush we have in the front garden.


This particular bush came from Ron's mother's garden about 15 years ago.


It was growing 'wild' next to a large Maple tree.


Knowing that this species is very hardy we had no hesitation transplanting it from the Annapolis Valley to the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.


Over the years it has transformed from a sprawling bush to a standardized version of itself.


Which merely means that we made it into a bush that looks like a mini tree of sorts.....with a long  branchless stem/trunk and a top like a tree.


Wish I had a photo this time around to show you but I don't. Like everything else with leaves in the garden this year, this 'bush' was filled with beautiful colour last week.





24 comments:

  1. So pretty! I love the color and its neat little roundish leaves.

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    1. Yes Pat and these little leaves are more noticeable in the fall when they turn different colours.

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  2. There is a comfort in the autumn colors that can't be denied.

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    1. Any comfort in the winter colours of mostly white? Maybe.....

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  3. We had barberry at our last house and I also loved the rich color. Yours looks like the variety that has thorns--Did you know that here in the US, about 20 states have added its thornless counterpart, the Japanese Barberry onto their list as one of their most invasive plants...Who knew?? ;-)

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    1. Actually this one has tried to spread by its roots underground and popping up a few inches away. We try to control it and so far so good. I didn't know there was a thornless one!

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  4. On the farm where I grew up, we had barberry hedges around many of the paddocks. Berries that went to a deep almost translucent purple, and it is also called " burglar deterrent" bacause of the thorns, when used around house sections in a town.Lovely colours in your leaves, and the history makes it extra special. Greetings from Jean

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    1. We were just saying the same thing, Jean, that a hedge of Barberry would be beautiful......I will start that in the spring.

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  5. That's really pretty, Jim. Love the color!

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    1. Hi Sharon! How's the writing going?
      Yes the colour of this bush is nice this time (last week) of year.

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  6. A fiery reminder each fall of Ron's mother.

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    1. That's right Barb, that is exactly what I do when I see it.

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  7. You still have beautiful Fall color! Not fair!

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    1. This was an exceptional year, Terry! And we'll take it!

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  8. Some of the loveliest things are small and close at hand. :)

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  9. What a wonderful splash of colour from this vibrant bush. Lovely pictures!

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    1. The colours are almost gone now but they were lovely. Thanks Fiona.

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  10. My mom has several of these in her yard and I can't recall them ever looking this colorful! :)

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    1. There are a few different various of this bush and I would think some are maybe more colourful if everything is just right.

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  11. Your bush is an amazing color-- the very essence of Autumn color. I love that it is an heirloom of sorts-/ passed on from Rons Mothers garden--- makes it even more special!
    Vicki

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    1. Yes, it does Vicki, keeping the memories alive.

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