Autumn berries are ripening up all around us, so far the birds haven’t eaten many, but then, it hasn’t been too cold yet to kill off all the insects which they feed on. Maybe it is too soon to say, but I feel that maybe the heat of our summer has taken its toll on how many berries there are, some plants aren’t showing any berries at all. These first berries are sloes, fruit of the Blackthorn bush, anyone for sloe gin?
This apple tree was here when we moved here, they are eating apples, but are always so very hard and bitter, I think the wldlife can enjoy these!
This however, is our Bramley apple tree and we will enjoy those. There are lots more apples on the tree than last year when we only managed to collect one basket full.
A good year for Cotoneaster horizontalis, this is growing up the kitchen wall and when the blackbirds decide the berries are ripe, we can watch them gorging themselves from inside the window.
The purple Berberis by the front door has its usual decoration of tiny berries, usually these are finished off by visiting redwings and fieldfares when the weather is really cold.
By the front gate, the orange berries shine out on the Pyracanths, but the bush that has red berries, or I should say, that usually has red berries, this year has non at all.
We will be sharing these blackberries with the wildlife, a couple of cooking apples, a few blackberries and there you have the makings of a lovely autumnal crumble!
Poor lonely honeysuckle berry, usually the honeysuckle is covered in lovely red berries, there are quite a few shrivelled ones, but these were the only red ones I could see.
Hawthorn berries are doing fine and there will be plenty for any wildlife that cares to come and eat them.
Elder berries on Sambucus Black Lace soon disapear, I’m assuming the berries on this bush taste the same as the ones on the wild elder in all our hedgerows.
Popping up everywhere are the berried spikes of Arum italicum marmoratum. I know the blackbirds eat the berries and that is how they get spread round the garden, but I have read that snails also eat them and spread the sesds!
That’s it for now, I didn’t find any lovely purple berries on the Lonicera hedge this year or any shiny black berries on the Ophiopogon in the back garden. The berries on the Leycestaria formosa were all shrivelled, no use to the birds at all. These three plants have always had berries previously, maybe the bees weren’t around when the Lonicera was flowering in the spring, but when looking for berries on the ophiopogon, all I found were flowers! I think the lack of rain over the summer has caused the Leycestaria and other berries to shrivel up, but I hope we will still have enough to keep the wildlife happy over some of the winter, then it will be up to us to put out extra food for them. How will the wildlife cope in your garden this winter, do you have plenty of berries to keep them happy?