Tuesday, October 6, 2009

strawberry bush love

this is strawberry bush...........

also known as "hearts a bustin" (for obvious reasons).

one of my favorite fall shrubs.

the red and orange seed pods are spectacular and can not be ignored.

they just scream "look at me, look at me!"

check out that color! hello mama.

you must drink in all that intensity before the seed pods drop and winter creeps closer.

wonderful in the garden...

and fantastic in floral bouquets (i took this photo a month ago before the seed pods opened up).

love it!

autumn is so bittersweet and fleeting........

please take the time and go outside and play!

but before you do, join other outdoor wednesday bloggers at


Tootsie said...

what a beautiful bush!!!
yes...I do compost my gardens...there is an area in the local dump for yard waste...in the spring I go and buy it back as beautiful black gold!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful! Don't think I have ever seen one of those plants before.
Just saw that you are in Franklin. Love that place. Hope to make a trip there within the next month.

debra@dustjacket said...

I adore the colours, that close up is gorgeous. Your header photo is just beautiful too.

Hey you not goin' for the head in the apples! wink*

Great day to you,

Kat said...

You captured some beautiful photos. Love them. Love all your photos on the side bar as well. Thanks for sharing.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

This shrub is new to me. It's very pretty.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

The first image is just gorgeous.. I see you are enjoying your new camera but don't forget your painting.. as I love them both!!

Have a great week.. thanks for all your lovely comments over my way... they keep me smiling!!
xx Julie

Kat said...

This is gorgeous! I've never seen one of these before, it's really unusual with the seed pods open. I can see where it would be great in an arrangement. Happy Outdoor Wednesday! Kathy (BTW, LOVE your header photo!)

Lori E said...

Oh what an unusual bush. I had to check and see where you were from thinking that surely you lived in Australia or somewhere in Asia. I have never seen anything like this.
Now that bottle of Alamos Malbec on your table I have seen many, many times.

cherry said...

This is beautiful ! I will be looking all over Savannah for it, if I don't find it maybe you would like a visitor ? I promise I won't take the entire plant just a few clippings.. lol
hugs, Cherry

Ms. Bake-it said...

hello Erin,

That is a beautiful plant! Love the intensity of its coloring. I looked it up to see if it would grown in my area am happy to find out it will. I also discovered some alternate (and interesting/amusing) names for it - wahoo, bursting heart, fish wood, burning bush, hearts-a-burstin-love.

Thank you very much for sharing it with us and introducing me to a new plant!

~ Tracy

Anonymous said...

Your photos are beautiful! I would love to have a pretty shrub like that in my yard, I will have to see if I can get it here. Thanks for sharing. Denise

Mary Bergfeld said...

A great deal of thought went into this post. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Jane said...

What a glorious plant! I don't think I have ever seen one before. Not only is it beautiful in its natural state, it adds dimension to the arrangement (and the Malbec looks good, too!). Will it grow in FL?

Thanks for visiting with me this morning. I miss the luscious greens of Tennessee! (and the mountains! We lived in Kingsport and Knoxville many years ago.)
Jane (artfully graced)

Carole said...

Erin ....You floored me with that first picture. What an amazing bush. We have nothing to compare it to here in cold New England. The arrangement you did is a stunner. I'd have my yard full of the strawberry bush if I could.
Your soooo right about getting out in the garden...which reminds me....I have to finish my coffee and get OUT there!
Soooooooo enjoyed this post!

Barbara Jacksier said...

I'd never heard of this fall bush. Now, I want to be able to grow it. Thanks.

Here, in Virginia we are oohing and ahhing over purple Callicarpas (aka Beauty berry).

Donna said...

Erin, Thanks for visiting my blog. I just began and I am learning!
Your pics are beautiful! We have made many trips to Nashville and the surrounding area! We are coming there in November. Maybe by then the trees will be full of color.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I want one!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It does look fantastic in floral bouquet! I don't think we have these bushes around here (in New England).