Our coastal climate eliminates almost any likelihood of snow around Christmas, though there was a dusting of frost at dawn.  However, even with no snow at Christmas, nature still provides us with plenty of festive greenery.

A Christmas tree…

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

A Little fir grew in the midst of the wood
Contented and happy, as young trees should.
His body was straight and his boughs were clean;
And summer and winter the bountiful sheen
Of his needles bedecked him, from top to root,
In a beautiful, all-the-year, evergreen suit.

by Henry Van Dyke

A few holiday berries…

Nandina domestica

Festive boughs…

Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

A splash of Christmas red…

Cyclamen ‘Rondo Red’

and some holly-like leaves…

Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

…are all part of Christmas here at Curbstone Valley

Wishing you all the peace and joy of the holiday season.