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beech leaves and berries

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One more poem about winterberry holly …


winterberry holly in early winter



beech leaves and berries


watch the wretched shudder

of the second hand, clutch

at the day, a beech leaf, intent

or winterberries persistent

through December


peeling paint on the door

of the shed, insistent –

resist new color

parchment leaves and paint chips rattle


on a day in January

a grey-green flake of paint

is tumbled by wind

and vermillion berries surrender





indifferent snow



Copyright 2014  Jane Tims 

Written by jane tims

March 17, 2014 at 6:57 am

the colour of November #1 (Winterberry red)

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Last week, we went out to our cabin to do some reading and cutting of the ever-growing vegetation.  In spite of the mower and the thinning saw and regular prunings, the field seems to grow vegetation behind your back.  When you turn around, an alder or a birch tree has filled in a patch you thought was only grass.


As we planned a new path across the field, we considered each sapling before we cut.  To our surprise, we found another bush of Winterberry Holly (Canada Holly, Ilex verticillata (L.) Gray).  Many grow down by the lake, but up in the field by our cabin, we know only of one other.


This time of year their leaves are bronzed and brown and their berries are orange-red.  The berries will persist on the leafless branches all through the winter.




The berries of the Winterberry Holly are so much fun to paint.  I started with a layer of red, added orange and then layers of white, yellow and red in turn.  I finished with a dot of black and a dot of white on the majority of the berries.


October 27, 2013  'Winterberry red'   Jane Tims

October 27, 2013 ‘Winterberry red’ Jane Tims


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Written by jane tims

November 6, 2013 at 7:17 am

red berries red

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Red Berries Red

Jane Tims









between ruby glass

and hard wood floor

a slide of light and three


extinguished candles

smoke lifts from smoulder

each mote a particle

of spectral light, mosaic

shard, image

reassembled in three



shepherd, hawthorn

pitiful lamb




Canadian Holly 

(Ilex verticillata (L.) Gray)

drab November

             and lexicon


umber leaves

grey verticals

dull stubble


astound the wetland

red ink on page

             words explode

             from exile

fever flush and holly

above December snow

icicles vermillion





©  Jane Tims, 2011


'red berries' Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis L.)

Written by jane tims

December 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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