Having just done a post about the lack of bees to pollinate our fruit bushes and trees has led me to wonder how the birds will manage this winter. If there weren’t enough bees to make our fruit, would there have been enough bees to pollinate all the flowers that make the berries in the garden – will there be enough berries to go round when winter arrives?
The red and orange berried pyracanthas have some berries on them, but not as many as previous years.
Thr purple berberis at the front of the house is covered once more with its matching red berries. Last winter they were soon polished off by visiting redwings.
We have a few Hawthorn trees growing round the garden, probably from seed deposited by the birds, so far there are plenty of berries on them. We have seen blackbirds feeding here and now the only berries left are at the very tips of the branches where the blackbirds can’t reach because of their weight.
Not many berries on the Lonicera hedge in front of the kitchen window this year. Had to really look hard for some to photograph.
No shortage of berries where Leycesteria formosa is concerned, the bushes are dripping with them. Too many seedlings are springing up in the garden, thanks to the birds again!
Rosa Wedding Day has managed to make a few hips, but not very many unfortunately. This was planted to mark our daughter’s wedding 12 yrs ago and is climbing one of our ancient ash trees in the back garden.
Rosa glauca on the other hand is covered in berries, no shortage here, the bees must have been out and very busy when this rose was flowering!
Arum italicum marmoratum show where they are by producing these wonderful spires of berries. The seed is spread by the birds but also I believe by slugs!!
Not berries I know, but Acer Osakazuki seed has got its autumn tints and I’m sure will be eaten by something.
Following on from its lilac coloured flowers, Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens produces berries exactly the same colour as its foliage. Does anything see them I wonder, hiding down among the strap like leaves?
The honeysuckle which I thought was dead because all the leaves dropped off in the ‘summer’, has managed to produce a few berries, nowhere near as many as usual. Is this a last ditch attempt to reproduce itself, we will have to wait and see if it sprouts next spring.
The Cotoneaster hedge in the back garden has lots of berries, but this could be because I forgot to trim it! Must cut it back to the berries and make it look a bit more tidy or a certain person will be complaining of being hit in the face when he goes past on the lawnmower!!
This photo of Cotoneaster horizontalis was taken on 15th September, I have just been to have a look and most of them have been eaten already, once again by the blackbirds.
Our dwarf berberis bush is covered with tiny berries, it might only be small but it makes up for its lack of size by producing hundreds of berries, lucky birds!
At the moment, I would say that we don’t have as many berries as last year, some bushes have plenty but others not many at all. From experience, we know that the birds won’t save them for when the weather takes a turn for the worse. They will eat them soon and then it will be up to me to provide lots of extra food for them to stay alive! How about you, do you have lots of berries to keep the bird population happy ?