on the hunt for snowberries

Each day when I take our No. 3 to school, I drive this pretty country road.

{you can’t tell here, but Mt.Rainier stands right about in the middle of the photo. It’s a pretty amazing view}.

On the other side of the road, I’ve been noticing these little white specks that I hoped were white berries.

This week, I finally remembered to bring my clippers and pulled over to take a peek.

Sure enough, they are wild berries. I called them winterberries until I did a bit of research and discovered that they are actually snowberries.

So I cut a bunch {feeling rather crazy as cars whizzed by} stuck them in a vase and they proudly sit on the coffee table.

Snowberries make for a festive and organic and slightly unruly arrangement.

I kind of love them.

The best things in life are free.

Well, not always.  But if you’re talking about wild snowberries growing along the side of the country road, then yes.

Have yourself a merry little weekend.

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40 Responses to on the hunt for snowberries

  1. michelle @ this little light December 7, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    Those are beautiful! What a simple, yet stunning arrangement.

  2. fasoolka December 7, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    In my country Snowberries often grow close to home :)
    Beautiful arrangement :)

  3. Amanda December 7, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Those are so beautiful!

  4. Claudia December 7, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    They are so pretty! I hadn’t heard of snowberries, so I looked them up online. Wikipedia says they are an important winter food source for quail, pheasant and grouse but are considered poisonous to humans and can cause mild symptoms of vomiting, dizziness and slight sedation in children.

  5. Kim @ Plumberry Pie December 7, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Emily, what a great find. Love those kind of moments! My husband and I were just in the Mt. Ranier area a few weeks ago – Woodinville, Seattle and Vancouver. So beautiful over there. I literally must have said, “it’s so pretty” about a hundred times while we there. :) Anyhow, also just wanted to say that I always appreciate your posts. They are always so relatable to my life. So thanks. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  6. Tiffany December 7, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I will be looking for these all weekend here in PA…hopefully they aren’t just out West.

  7. katie December 7, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    those are gorgeous! and the things we find for ourselves (by accident!) feel even better than otherwise. (too bad i live in florida and i’m positive that there are NO snowberries here EVER.)

  8. Rachel December 7, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Those are so pretty!
    I’m from Enumclaw and drove that road so many times! I loved seeing this picture this morning. I miss Washington(we live in idaho now).

  9. beth December 7, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    tis’ the season, i was driving my kids to school down our ‘country road’ yesterday and saw out of the corner of my eye, a girlfriend of mine pulled over on the side of the road, clippers in hand, taking cuttings of hawthorn branches (red berries) most likely for christmas decorating (though i haven’t had a chance to ask her about it) i wonder how many moms have done this lately? lot’s i bet!

  10. Altered Amanda December 7, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Oh, we have red ones everywhere in S.C. but have never seen these white ones. Thanks for sharing this! Wonderful to find someone who does similar things. My mom taught me to admire the small beauty of life from childhood on! Merry Christmas!!!

  11. Kim R December 7, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Those are so beautiful! So many times I see plants that I would love to clip and take home and just don’t stop and do it. The next time I do, I am going to think of your example and gather some of nature’s beauty to enjoy in my home. Thank you for the many ways you inspire me!

    • Catherine December 8, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      Ha ha ha, that comment about your mother made me laugh out loud!

    • Catherine December 8, 2012 at 6:51 am #

      Bother, that comment was for Elizabeth down below! oops…

  12. elizabeth December 7, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I do the same thing every fall with Bittersweet – pilfered from the side of the road (or even behind the police station in town). And as my mother always says – a great florist always has her sharpest shears and a fast car.

  13. Sarah December 7, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    These are gorgeous!

  14. Mellie December 7, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    They are wonderful! albinoberries! When I lived in Denver my house was five houses away from the highline canal and I walked it every morning. At various times of the year you would see wild asparagus or violets and lilacs growing. One time walking with a friend she started twisting off some lilac branches. It seemed selfish to take flowers that could have been enjoyed by other hikers. But on the side of a country road- I’m in! I may put some pruning shears in my trunk now!!

  15. Jessica December 7, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Ahhhh!!! We drive on that road often! We are almost neighbors- mt Rainer is right out our window! Not to sound stalker or anything!!! I didn’t think we had snowberrries!!

  16. Kelsey December 7, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Those are sooo pretty! What a great find! I did some research on them and found that they are highly poisonous so just wanted to mention that in case they are in the kiddos reach. I love free pretties from the side of the road!

  17. Sarah Barksdale Design December 7, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I did the same thing to a bush in my side yard! Mine were red berried, but I snipped a bunch to use to embellish my wrapping this year.

  18. Ann December 7, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    So lovely! They are such a beautiful white!

  19. Jennie December 7, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I often spot flowers/berries along the road. Unfortunately, around here that’s usually someone’s property. Still, I think I may put a pair of clippers in the car….

  20. Jean December 7, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    We had bushes of these in front of our house in Maine! Growing up we’d pluck them off and POP them! Great fun :)

  21. Katy Caldwell December 7, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I kind of love YOU! Sometimes the best things in life are free…like your blog! ;)

  22. Jill December 7, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I love the unruly part of them! Kind of like my family at times….some days all the time….unruly and kind of perfect all at the same time :)

  23. Shannel December 7, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    California is jealous!

  24. Stacey December 7, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Those are so pretty!

  25. Angela December 7, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    I can’t begin to tell you how envious I am that you can see Mt. Rainier every day (well, at least when it’s clear) and that you have adorable little snowberries to pick on the side of the road.

    I live in Houston, where it’s still in the 70′s and 80′s, humid, and there are no mountains to be found (unless you count the huge, highway interchanges!). I’ve been to Seattle once and spent a night in Longmire with a spectacular view of mt. rainier…one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been.

  26. Chaney December 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    How fun! Those are beautiful, and the free part is pretty awesome. Enjoy them!

  27. Heather December 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I’m on the hunt!!!!

  28. sara @ it's good to be queen December 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    so pretty and festive! love it! happy weekend to you!

  29. Marcy December 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    So So pretty..
    But….
    Just a side note… they are poisonous to humans.

    * TAKEN FROM WIKIPEDIA :Common Snowberry (S. albus) is an important winter food source for quail, pheasant, and grouse, but is considered poisonous to humans. The berries contain the isoquinoline alkaloid chelidonine, as well as other alkaloids. Ingesting the berries causes mild symptoms of vomiting, dizziness, and slight sedation in children.

    Better Safe than sorry..
    Your site is GREAT !!

  30. kirsty December 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    grew up with those (in montana) they were very fun as a child because when you stomp on them they make a fun popping sound. actually just cut a bunch down by my dads for a christmas wreath. love the way you think.

  31. Tonya December 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Really! I drive that road everyday and I have not seen those… Of course it is usually dark both coming and going to work, which might be part of the problem… I will have to check them out tomorrow in the daylight. Thanks for the info. btw I love how you arranged yours.

  32. Winnie December 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    Hello! Are you based in Seattle? I just moved here 3 weeks ago so I am exploring around Seattle. I love your blog and the snowberries are so beautiful and at no cost too! How long would they last?

    God bless,
    Winnie

  33. Catherine December 8, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Wow, I have never even heard of these. They look so pretty!

  34. Sue Huls December 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Wish they grew in our area

  35. Anniina Winter December 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Love snowberries, to bad they tend to like outdoors more then indoors:) But luckyly I found these “snoewberries” that ” grow” everywhere and lasts longer indoors then the real ones: http://blog.alwaysmod.com/2011/09/15/marimekko-lumimarja-strikes-again/
    And they come in different shades also;)
    Greetings from Finland:D and Happy Christmas,

  36. Susan December 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    I miss snowberry hunting – it was always a favorite pass time with my mom. I was so sad to discover that they really don’t grow where I lived. Then, I discovered the gorgeous Marlene Snowberry and, even better, I discovered that I could plant them in my yard! Hooray! (but I still miss the hunting).

  37. Trish @TheOldPostRoad December 13, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Those are beautiful! We do not have those in Georgia.
    -Trish

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