Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Snowberries and the Nordic way

                   I’d been waiting since last year to show another
              post about Snowberries.
                 I’m always surprised that so many people don’t know about them.
              I’m no expert on them but I know they are a native plant of
                 Western North America as far north as Alaska.
                  Their fruit is edible but before you get excited they
      have the taste of……. bitter Ivory Soap.
    Birds still do eat them…
reluctantly I’m sure.

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                    They’re not particularly beautiful the rest of the year but they
                      can grow in a good amount of shade…..but not dry shade.
                    You know the kind where trees roots take up most of the soil. 
                        During hot dry months extra watering is still needed for them to produce the best berries.
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                          The leaves are now yellow from the cold temperatures
                         but they look so pretty with the blue sky background.
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                      No airplanes writing in the sky
                       just some textures to punch it up a little.
                         I considered Photo Shopping the blemishes out but I
                 reminded myself that nature is not always perfect and
                 to just leave it the way I saw them that day.
                                          my skills were not up to it.
                                              much better at removing wrinkles…
                                   in photos only…. not real life!
                                     If only

            I think it was when I read
         Scandinavian blogs that I began noticing more snowberries.
flickr by arrowlakelass
             One of the first blogs I ever stalked  read was Minna’s
        of  Blomsterverkstad
            which I later found out means
           Flower factory in Swedish
                  I must have gone back and looked at every post
           she ever did studying every detail. 
            I couldn’t read a word. 
          At the time no one used translator buttons but I adored it anyways.
          I’m still trying to figure out what that green vine is that they use everywhere.
….maybe someday and when I do
I’ll be sure to tell my friend Paula.
….she’s dying to know too.
             Snowberries are used often to make beautiful wreaths
                 for the Holidays.
                      ( image by Minna)
              Her style has always had an unfussy natural feel
               and using what is in her own backyard and garden
                 incorporating twigs, mosses, berries and fruit.
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                           ( image by Minna)

                 If the natural way of decorating is your style for the Holidays then
               Jeanne d’ Arc Living 
                  8th issue is where you’ll find great ideas.

                                interesting ways to wrap your presents
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issue 8 dining

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                                   Even if you don’t have snow in the Winter like
                              our Nordic friends or us New Englanders you may find some inspirations for warming up the outdoors too.
                                     We had a dusting of the lovely white stuff the other morning but
                                  it disappeared a few hours later.
                             They even closed schools in parts of Connecticut.
                                 Too early for that.
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                                Wouldn’t you love one of these fireplaces???

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                         I myself, in my life have decorated for Christmas in every kind of style
                      from Victorian to Retro to Country gingham.
                         This style represents a little of all of these in some way but with
                          a sense of harmony with nature that I think speaks to many of us.
                       What is your Style for Christmas this year???

                             Since it’s been ages since I participated in a White Wednesday
                                I’m honored to link up to Kathleen’s Party.
                                  She’s been the hostess of this party for sometime now…
                              must be in the thousands of weeks by now….lol
                          no but a lot!!!!
                             I’m always so impressed with the bloggers that keep a party like this going and
                                 visiting the blogs that link up.
                               So much time and work go into these.
                                      I have met so many wonderful and amazingly talented women and
                       made some long time friends.
                            SO here’s a BIG THANK YOU to you
                          Happy Wednesday to you all!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Your pictures today took my breath away!!

oldgreymare said...

I look so unattractive right now, drooling over these photos. Do you ever just cut big branches of these snow berries and plop in a container? Do the berries dry on the stems or drop off?

Love the Nordic photos too. I can never get enough.

We're hitting the 40's at night FINALLY whoo HOO!



Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Look at all the white yumminess!!! I love the snow berries - how great they would look in a nice enamel red pitcher.

Faded Charm said...

So glad you could join in today Carole. I, too love the snowberry bush and have a few in my yard. They grow native all around in the woods surrounding our home. My berries don't look as good as yours and are already turning brown and shriveling up.

Thanks for your sweet words and I'm so glad I got to meet you(if only through comments and email). I just ordered my's an addiction!!!!

Enjoy your week.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, I've never heard of snow berries, how fun:@)

time-worn interiors said...

I've never heard of snow berrie either! But they are wonderful!

maría cecilia said...

Hola Carole, I love your snowberries, I don´t find them here in Chile... and also love Minna´s blog!!
Beautiful pictures!!!!

Debbie @ said...

I too love the snowberries. What wonderful pictures. Those berries are so beautiful. Perfect. Glad you posted.

Olive Cooper said...

Thanks for spotlighting the snowberry which i have nevr seen before. The wreath made from them is lovely. My christmas decor style is one of accumlated objects found over thirty years and ornaments my child has made....nothing special or designer...sometimes homemade ginger bread cookies. I cannot wait to see all the blogs unfold with inspiration. ♥O

The French Bear said...

Love your photos.....I used to get snowberries at the flower shop once in awhile....makes me wish for the smells of Christmas greens!!!!
Margaret B

Rebecca said...

Hi Carole
Such wonderful whites you have today, I love the snow berries. I haven't seen them around here though. I usually buy the tallow berries for my wreathes, would love to find these instead. A nice switch from the norm.
Have a wonderful WW

Renee Finberg said...

hi there

i have never seen or heard of them-
the white berries.

i would love to have a white enameled stove to cozy up to.


julie miller said...

No white winterberries here, but I would sure love to find me some!! Love your other photos too. Make you want to cozy up to a nice warm fire!! Thanks for sharing, Julie

MJ Ornaments said...

I wish I lived where it snowed! I've never seen a snowberry so thanks for the post. They are really gorgeous. Take care, Martha

High Street Cottage said...

What a beautiful and informative post. I have never seen snow berries, I have the red ones in my yard. I would love to have the white, they're stunning. Your photos and the mood you set in your post is wonderful, I'm glad I saw you over at Kathleen's White Wednesday, hugs, tami from the high street cottage

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Carole,
Your photos of the berries are beautiful! I know what you mean about Minna's blog and how much inspiration is to be found there. Are you going to make some wreaths up with the snowberries? I bet they would be so pretty! :)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"LOVE" the snowberries. I've never really given them much thought BUT you have "Sparked my Interest" in them now and I REALLY love the displays with them, SO I think I just may be adding them to my property here in Connecticut...
Thanks SO much for enlightening us to them,
Hugs, Donna

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carole, We do have snow berries here too and I always liked them. I never thought of using them for a wreath or anything though. Now I wonder why. They look so pretty in a flower arrangement. Thank you for the inspiration!
Are you busy with your shop already? When will you open it?

Poppy said...

Hello my lovely! I was in heaven with that post…..I loved everything so much I’m coming back for another look after work tonight.

I hope all is ok with you, love Lou xxx

slommler said...

My style is impressed if I get anything up this year. Ha! And besides...I am still getting ready for Thanksgiving...that is one of my favorite holidays. Ahhh the smells!! So Thanksgiving first...then Christmas.

Rebecca said...

I've never heard of these berries either-new one on me-glad you told us. Love the gift wrapping ideas and the white interiors-have a great day!

Vicki said...

I had never heard of snowberries before this post. I hope you make some wreaths and such for us to see. I'm a new follower. Lovely pics today.

Theresa said...

Good Morning Carole! I had not heard of snow berries either, I wonder if I can find them locally next year, we have quite a few shady spots around the house where they would look so pretty, and well I'm always looking for plants that I can use cuttings from. I planted boxwood and holly just for the branches and berries for the winter.
You know I am just in love with all of the beauty from our scandinavian friends, I follow a few of the blogs and don't always turn on the translator because the beauty of the photos speaks for itself.
This post was just beautiful... Theresa xoxo said...

Hi Carole:) Love the Snowberries and happy to hear that they will live in the shade. I put them on my list for next spring. I'm already planning my gardens:)Couldn't join White Wednesday this week as my chip in my camera broke. But I really enjoyed your gorgeous photos. Have a great week:)
Capers of the vintage vixens

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love the snow berries, although I've never seen them before! Also the arrangement with the twig planter and the snow berries, it's just gorgeous!!! Daphne

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Carole ~ lovely post today! I got my Jeanne the other day and am in love, thank you!! My style too has evolved over the years and I am finding myself wanting simple...and less of it. Happy WW!!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Carole,
I surely love those snowberries! I remember last fall when you had pics as well. Now I'm doubly in love!

I'm also a big fan of Blomsterverkstad
....such beautiful florals and pics...who needs to read anyway?

I noticed that Suzan asked a couple of questions about the snowberries that I would like to know as well....


Rural Revival said...

I have to admit, I've never heard of snowberries either, but my are they pretty!


Amy Kinser said...

The snowberries are yet another one of God's beautiful creations. I have never seen them. Thanks for sharing all of the lovely photos.

Sandi said...

Beautiful photos! Love the added texture too! I have snowberries on some old tin mittens I purchased several years ago and I have always loved them. I wish they grew around here! Happy WW!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Carole! I'm always on the lookout for faux snowberries to use in my house for the holidays (just to keep things safe for my furbabies). I love using white with sagey green for Christmas decor. Your photos, as usual, are just beautiful! :)

xoxo laurie

gail said...

I love it all-and yes I would love one of those fireplaces. and I love the tree-beautiful images, all!
thanks for sharing

trash talk said...

I love it when I learn something I just need to learn whether they will grow in Texas. I love the look of the clusters.

la mì said...

wonderful images!
my name's martina and I come from Italy...I would like visit my blog and if you like it...follow me!I wait you and your suggestions! kiss kiss ^^

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Hi Carole ~ these are just gorgeous!!! They almost look like mistletoe. That little twig basket is breathtaking ~ love it. I almost forgot to get the Christmas JdL issue - yipes. Im working tomorrow so no flea for me:(:( Have a great weekend.

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Carole, I love the snowberries, unfortunately I can't find them here in the south of Italy!!!Lovely lovely postas usual!
Have a nice weekend

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

Snowberries are new to me, but aren't they lovely.
The wreath and decorating touches you have shared are gorgeous.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend


jabreb said...

Beautiful post! Was curious about the green vine that you mentioned, so I e-mailed Minna/Blomsterverkstad asking about the vine- she wrote back: "there has been lively discussions over here as well. And some people just don't believe me when I tell them it's the ordinary ivy blooming (outdoors). Cause the thing is that it starts blooming first when it's ten years old. The leaves look different up on the top and if you plant a tiny branch from the top you'll get a bush that won't climb".
So, she's stating it's orindary ivy. Hope this info helps - please pass this along to Paula.

Anonymous said...

Yes I know that vine very well.

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rustandruffles said...

I love snowberries!!! Got my Christmas book this week and am still dizzy with excitement!!! Thank you Carole.

vicki said...

Beautiful snowberries - such fabulous photos! Love seeing them in this manner - so up close - blemishes and all!

Can't wait to delve into my new Christmas magazine - am saving it for some upcoming travels~~

A beautiful post my friend - just glorious!


vicki said...

Hi Carole-
I just checked out the link to the beautiful "flower facrtory" blog that you have shared with us - what a treat. Thanks for that special link!


ps - your photos are always so beautiful - have you ever considered making a calendar of your photos?

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

We don't have snowberries around here that I know of, but yours sure are pretty.
If you find out what kind of vine that is, I'd like to know too!

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Going to look for some, love, love 'em,