So it's winterberry season already! Saw this at Tyler Arboretum the other day. I've had no luck with winterberry - I think because the male and female need to be within about 40 feet of each other and I've inadvertently kept mine in solitary.

But what a gorgeous plant. Useful, too. It feeds almost 50 different bird species in winter and apparently in fall, too.

It's poisonous to humans, which I doubt is much of an issue. I don't know too many people out there foraging for winterberries, but when the sky falls, who knows.

Meanwhile, the birds are happy. Since I interviewed Pat Sutton, the Cape May County naturalist, this has moved up on my list of things to think about.