At one time I knew the origins of the Christmas Bottle Brush tree. These are all reproductions, not vintage but still I think they have a certain charm, not too glitzy, ready to be placed in a putz.
I tried to research their history on-line, but the only thing I could find was where to purchase and how to make. Being a little impatient this morning, I moved on to other things. So, if you know, leave a comment and share with me.
The Virginia state bird is the Cardinal and the state tree is the Dogwood. In our area, thankfully we escaped the destruction from Sandy.
During the storm a branch fell out of a nearby tree knocking one of my bird feeders off the pole and cracking the plastic. A little seed remained inside, just below the crack. I hung the feeder in a dogwood tree and within minutes birds flocked.
A pair of cardinals arrived first. She was rather shy preferring to remain hidden. Bright, bold and beautiful he quickly landed on the feeder and ate to his heart’s content.