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Poetry Sunday-Wonderful Viburnum


Wonderful Viburnum



Branches covered in snowy white,

Red and blue berries later delight.

Thick scarlet leaves escape from my sight,

To return bright green in the spring’s sunlight.



© Donna Donabella 2012




In spring, I love seeing shrubs flower.  One of the most beautiful is the native viburnum, Viburnum dentatum, that blooms right off my patio.  The white flowers turn to blue berries in late summer, and are devoured by birds.  I wrote this poem in honor of this very important native shrub.  You can read more about it here in my garden post.  The pictures here are of that wonderful viburnum that blooms profusely in my garden each year.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog, and with Gillena@verses for her Monday WRites meme.

viburnum collage

I am also linking in with  Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.



I leave you with a few additional words about wonderful viburnum.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. May 29, 2016    

    Vibrant and beautiful.
    Spring is such an energetic season isn’t it? Full of joy.

    • June 3, 2016    

      Absolutely…that is what i love about spring!

  2. Renee Ames Renee Ames
    May 29, 2016    

    I love this Donna! Viburnum has always been an old fashioned favorite of mine! They are the most verdant of Spring surprises!

    • June 3, 2016    

      And when those berries appear the birds go crazy Renee!

  3. May 29, 2016    

    the wealth of white that viburnum lays all along that lush green makes it one of the prettiest shrubs and your poem captures the all round the seasons gift of this plant. Love to touch the umbrella shapes in the bud

    • June 3, 2016    

      One of the things I love about viburnum is the white against green…right now it is blooming lushly Laura!

  4. May 29, 2016    

    Lovely contemplation on a viburnum! Such beauty all around us this time of year.

  5. May 29, 2016    

    Oh Donna 😀 this is such a fantastic capture of the Viburnum flowering shurb ❤❤
    Beautifully penned (as always) 🙂

    Lots of love,

  6. May 29, 2016    

    beautiful! What I love about white blooms is how much they show up at night time!

  7. May 29, 2016    

    Perfectly sweet evocation, Donna

  8. May 29, 2016    

    Excellent description.

  9. May 29, 2016    

    As i read i imagined a paint palette..primary colours rich and strong before they are watered down..each to be enjoyed when its time and place feels right 🙂

    • June 3, 2016    

      Green (leaves), white (flowers), red and blue (berries)….all loved by human and wildlife!

  10. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    May 29, 2016    

    I learn so much of plants… vebernum was new to me… it looks a little bit like elder.

    • June 3, 2016    

      You have good eyes Bjorn…it is very similar to elder…both beautiful!

  11. May 29, 2016    

    Gorgeous photos, what a glorious garden you have!

  12. May 29, 2016    

    What I really admire about your poems, just like this one, is the joy you express in nature, and in everyday things. This makes me see and think about these things with new eyes. Really very nice.

    • June 3, 2016    

      Oh thank you Matthew….that is why I write poetry!

  13. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    May 29, 2016    

    This is a shrub which keeps on giving.

  14. May 29, 2016    

    Viburnum (and thanks so much for the name, since I didn’t know it) is a wonderful shrub. There is a huge spread of bushes on the route I take back from the hospital every other day. Like in your poem, I delight in the seeing the changes of the season through the blooming and fruiting of the bush. The flowers are magnificent, and the berries–with their striking coloring–are a dream.

    Your poem describes them perfectly.

    • June 3, 2016    

      Oh that is wonderful…thanks Magaly!

  15. SlaRueB SlaRueB
    May 29, 2016    

    Beautiful images created from words and your pictures, thanks for sharing!

  16. May 29, 2016    

    Yes, I love the love of now and the return!

    • June 3, 2016    

      A shrub that gives and gives for months!

  17. May 29, 2016    

    Oh, that’s the name of the flower. Thanks Donna. The four seasons are well-represented in your poem 🙂

  18. May 29, 2016    

    Beautiful! I love the early spring–watching the bees land on my flowers–there is a tenderness here that lights me up from the inside!

    • June 3, 2016    

      Oh Audrey what lovely words of praise…thank you!

  19. May 29, 2016    

    A beautiful shrub intent on pleasing us; a beautiful poem doing the same. What a great post this is.

    • June 3, 2016    

      Robin, you always make me smile from inside out with your comments! Thank you!

  20. May 29, 2016    

    i only know the names of the most common flowers. i rely on you for my flower education. And you are a spectacular teacher. Love these pictures and your words. Thank you Donna.

    • June 3, 2016    

      Wow Myrna…a dream comment for this former teacher…still teaching!

  21. May 29, 2016    

    Beautiful white joy!

  22. May 29, 2016    

    Wonderful way of sharing the delights of a white bloom which may be missed with the impending summer! So it is Donna!


    • June 3, 2016    

      Yes sometimes we miss the flowering shrubs…and they have some of the most beautiful flowers teeming on the shrub!

  23. May 29, 2016    

    Another lovely post, Donna. The shades of verdant green and white – in words and pictures – confer a sense of springtime’s fresh growth and sunlight … even as I sit indoors. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 3, 2016    

      ‘confer a sense of springtime’s fresh growth and sunlight ‘……what a lovely way to describe the poem…thanks so much Wendy!

  24. May 29, 2016    

    there’s perfect calm and beauty here…photos of the white blooms did it i think…

    • June 3, 2016    

      I agree the photos do convey calm….and even more so in person Sumana!

  25. May 29, 2016    

    It just keeps getting better, Donna; your images are stunning and paired with the life-giving words you craft,
    the whole of it all is just delightful. Seriously wonderful:) Thank you for sharing….I’m so glad you do.

    • June 3, 2016    

      And I love how good you make me feel Jennifer with every comment Thank you….

  26. May 30, 2016    

    Good Monday Donna
    Monday WRites 60 is live

    much love…

  27. May 30, 2016    

    it’s always a wonderful treat visiting your site. so much to learn and enjoy. now i know the name of this plant. not sure if i can find it over here. 🙂

    • June 3, 2016    

      There may be more exotic varieties there….knowing you find my posts a treat is the best thing you can say…Thanks so much!

  28. May 30, 2016    

    A very beautiful shrub worthy of a poem! I’m sure the birds would agree.

    • June 3, 2016    

      I think the birds would agree too Bekkie!

  29. May 30, 2016    

    Your delight in Nature’s gifts is always felt in your words. Both beautiful and educational,


  30. June 1, 2016    

    Beautiful poem, beautiful flowers! And so lovely edited in collages! Nature is truly a delight for eyes!
    Have a gorgeous day of june!

    • June 3, 2016    

      Thanks so much Alexa…have a wonderful June!

  31. June 1, 2016    

    Yes they are! … Michelle

  32. June 3, 2016    

    A fine tribute to the Viburnum!

  33. June 7, 2016    

    Lovely photo and poem, Donna.

  34. June 9, 2016    

    Hello Donna, I loved the photos and that wonderful poem. Have a great day!

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