Monday, October 1, 2012


Autumn has tiptoed its way into our house, and with the arrival of October, I am finally ready to break out my fall decor.

At the house where our children are renting, there is a lovely huge old Beautyberry bush, and I've had my eye on it in anticipation of stealing a few branches for my fall decorating.

These berries are the most beautiful shade of purple, and I often wonder if that's why we see purple used in Halloween decor since they are abundant this time of year.

I didn't steal too many, because they won't last unless you take the time to dry them properly, which I likely won't, and because they are a favorite among certain species of birds.  I wouldn't want to be accused of taking food from the mouth of "birds" now would I?!

But I did pilfer just enough to create an arrangement atop some ironstone for my dining room table.  Next year, I plan to have my very own Beautyberry bush to enjoy, but for now, these will do just fine. 


  1. I have never heard or seen these before..Gorgeous!...and this from a non-fan of purple :D

  2. I've never seen such glorious looking berries! I need to check into those bushes.

  3. Hi Kat, I have never seen these berries either. They are delightful. I want a bush too. I want to get in the garden period. xo, olive

  4. I thought I was a gardener until you introduced me to something I know nothing of! They are gorgeous...I will research immediately!

  5. Oooohhhh! I never knew the name of them. Lovely, lovely.

  6. Beautiful berries! We don't have any of those where I live. Love the color!

  7. that is THE color!

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  8. Beauty is certainly the right title for this post! I have never heard of this plant is wonderful!

  9. stunning berries with such an amazing colour against the green leaves...great to photograph.
    Bec x

  10. Kat, I find the smudges
    of purple in an autumn
    landscape to be like little
    gems.....unexpected gifts
    in a blaze of oranges, reds
    and yellows. What a sweet
    bush that must love a more
    southern climate!

    Happy Tuesday ~

    xo Suzanne

  11. I am so glad that you are decorating with purple for fall! We have beautiful purple fall wildflowers in Texas that I decorate with! I love the orange, golds and browns, but when sprinkled with
    I wish we had this bush in Texas! So pretty!

  12. I wish I could grow these in my part of Idaho!!! They look so beautiful laying there on your ironstone Kat. I think if the birds could see this they would forgive you for taking a few for yourself : )
    sending hugs from here...

  13. What fantastic pictures. Beautiful, thanks for showing us.

  14. Kat- I don't think I've ever seen this bush before- the berries are gorgeous!! I think I have to find one of the bushes! Your photos are stellar-- truly lovely! ( as always!!!)


  15. We have those in Florida but they are more crimson than purple....wish I could take a few home on the plane...I'm sure customs would have an issue with those branches....they are stunning.

  16. They are just exquisite with your ironstone Kat! I remember when my mother-in-law lived in Florida and remarked of how beautiful those berries were. I had never seen them in person, but after seeing your photos of them, now I understand what she was talking about! xo ~Lili


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