No snowy Christmas for Seattle, alas. Just gray drippy skies. But winter isn’t all dull and drab. Yes, most of the trees are gray skeletons, but there’s plenty of evergreenery, and then there are the bushes whose branches blaze in the thin, cold light.
Just like Heliconia requested!
All right, so the leaves never really got with the fall color program:
A few are making an effort at achieving that blazing red beauty.
It seems when all else failed, they just borrowed from the maples.
You may notice there’s a huge variation in relative plant baldness.
These bushes are in strong denial. It’s winter. They just don’t want it to be winter. So they’re hanging on to their leaves, even though many of them have turned manky or gone yellow, and they’re even blooming in places.
It’s not like it’s so warm that it would be deceiving anything, really. We’ve had frosts and some briskly cold days and about three hours of sunshine since early November. You’d think they’d get the hint. But no. Blooming.
You may notice some green sticks there amongst the red. There’s a similar-but-not-the-same shrubbery as part of that landscaping. They’re kind of mixed willy-nilly.
It’s also trying to be all bloomy, but it’s not doing quite so brilliantly.
So it’s left to its Western Red-Osier Dogwood cousin to really bring out the brilliant blooms.
I’ll try to catch these if it snows. I’ve a feeling the red branches against white snow will be spectacular.