At this time of year my thoughts turn to making sure that I have plenty of food in the garden for the birds. Berries are ripening nicely on shrubs and roses, but I know they will soon be eaten once they are ripe, they don’t think to keep some for later!
The pyracantha by the front gate is the first to show the colour of its berries. The birds will soon strip this bush once they start, mainly blackbirds and thrushes.
Cotoneaster horizontalis growing up the side of the kitchen wall. This is beloved by the bees in the spring when in flower, now it is the birds turn.
The purple berberis by the front door has a good covering of berries even though all its leaves dropped in the heat of the summer. Most winters I see redwings and fieldfares eating here.
Rose hips on a rose that has put up suckers, I think the original has died but the sucker has flowered beautifully all summer in spite of the heat and now it is covered with hips, so is welcome to stay.
Arum italicum marmoratum are still popping up all over the garden. I’m not sure what is spreading the seed around but they are doing a good job and the foliage earlier in the year is beautiful.
I have so many hypericum plants in the garden, most are pulled out, but there are always some left to provide the birds with food and the whole process starts off again! It is the birds that I blame for this!
I know the wildlife will eat all the berries far too soon and then it will be up to me to provide extra food for them, a job that I am very willing to do. As well as the birds eating most of the berries, of course my doormice will be fattening up ready to hibernate along with other little mammals, hopefully I have enough food for them all.
Thanks once again to Jon The Propagator, why not pay him a visit to see what is happening in gardens around the world.