At this time of year, berries are are covering some of the shrubs and trees in the garden and becoming more and more obvious as they change colour. If only the birds would leave them until the cold weather of winter kills off the insects, then they would have plenty of food to see them through a cold spell. Unfortunately they are like children in a sweetie shop, hopping from one bush to another, trying them all.
Lots of sloes on the blackthorn at the top of the garden, sloe gin anyone ?
I have never bought an Hypericum, but the birds are obviously dropping seeds in the garden as I’m always pulling them out.
In the front garden, the pyracantha is covered in berries. Last year we didn’t have any as I think I removed the branches when I was pruning back in the spring. We didn’t prune it this year so that we would have flowers and berries. The problem is, when do we prune it back so that we don’t lose the flowers and berries? I believe they flower on one year old wood, but I don’t want it getting any bigger.
The purple berries on the little Lonicera nitida hedge will soon be eaten by the blackbirds. I had to search for them this year down into the hedge, but I’m sure the blackbirds will find them easily.
A cotoneaster bush that was here before we were, is covered in berries this year, there is going to be plenty to eat , I think for my furry and feathered friends.
Lots of hips on Rosa glauca show how many flowers there were over the summer, I think I’m going to pinch one and try to grow some seedlings.
Another Pyracantha, this time with red berries forms part of the hedge by the field, this always has to be cut back as it is by a path to the compost bins and the shed, therefore it doesn’t really have many fruit or flowers.
Hawthorn berries are covering the shrub on the boundary between us and the new building next door. The hawthorn has put itself there, halfway up the bank, and I’m quite happy for it to stay there.
We have lots of blackberries, courtesy of the seeds left by the birds. 95% get pulled out, but when they are in the hedges by the field we leave them for the wildlife. I have to admit though that I have picked some, ready for making Apple and Blackberry crumbles as soon as we start picking the apples on the tree. I will leave plenty for the wildlife, don’t worry!
Sambucus Black Lace is now producing lots of black berries. You can see that some have been eaten already, I wonder by who? The undergardener saw our little dormouse very near here, in the veggie garden, one morning when he was watering the veg, we’re so pleased that it is still around.
Another plant Arum italicum marmoratum, spread by the birds or maybe the slugs and snails, because they like to eat the berries too! We pull a lot out if they have plain leaves but leave the variegated ones, we still have plenty in shady areas.
Now who would like a Fuchsia berry pie?! I have read that they are edible but I’m not brave enough to try. Also, I never have enough berries at any one time to even think about it, thank goodness! These are the fruits on F. Delta Sarah.
Not a berry I know, but the winged seedlings on Acer Osakazuki are making the little tree look as though it is flowering. The leaves will be turning the same red/pink in about a months time. I sowed some seed a couple of years ago and now have two tiny trees that are doing quite well. I think I ought to sow some more, seeing as we have so many seeds this year.
These are the flower buds on the ivy by the front gate, it will be Dec/Jan before they turn into black berries, which the birds then love as a late snack as they have eaten all the other berries in the garden. I keep this ivy here as the Holly Blue butterfly needs the ivy and the holly at different times of the year, for laying its eggs.
I keep finding yew seedlings in various places in the garden, spread no doubt by the birds again, I do have a lot to thank them for! This autumn though, I will make a little yew hedge with some of them, free, courtesy of the birds!
This bush of Leycestaria formosa was in my last post for GBBDay, but here you can see the burgundy berries that have formed above the flowers. These will be eaten by the birds and the seed dropped to form yet more shrubs, I already have a few so I’m afraid these get pulled out.
Last of all is Cotoneaster horizontalis by the kitchen window. While washing the dishes we can watch the birds enjoying all the berries.
I think we have plenty of berries to keep our birds and little mammals happy during the winter, as long of course, that they don’t eat them all too soon. Will your wildlife find plenty of berries in your garden to keep them happy over the winter?