Nature’s Ornaments

Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) Berries
One of nature's many winter ornaments - Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries.

Earlier this week while at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo I was captivated by festive colours of the berries of the Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). It got me thinking about how in the dead of winter here on the West Coast, Nature does her own good job of dressing up for the season. After you’ve finished with your own celebrations, why not take a walk and look for some of Nature’s ornaments?

You might also want to check out Jocie’s article Nature’s Christmas Ornaments. It features three native plants that retain their berries in the winter – Nootka Rose, Snowberry, and Pacific Crabapple.

All the best in nature this holiday season!