Friday, September 19, 2008

It's the Berries

As we were posting our Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I mentioned that we should post about our berries at this time. Mr McGregor's Daughter took me up on the suggestion since there are so many berries at this time in our garden. After all this is the time of year that our plants have worked so hard to get to. The time to set fruit and multiply. The birds are most grateful for these Beauty Bush berries. The Beauty Bush really lives up to its name at this time. These lavender berries are hard to beat. Our White Dogwood tree has quite a few berries on it. I am surprised because the birds get after them so.
The berries on the pyracantha are a deeper red orange this year. I wonder if the drought of the past couple of months has made this change in their color. It sure hasn't seemed to reduce their bounty any.
The Dutch Lonicera has scads of berries. I hope to enjoy them all a little longer until the marauding AsRobins descend upon the garden. It is such a treat to watch them devour the berries.We also have holly berries, Hawthorn Tree berries. The Fleece flowers are about to toss about their seeds and even a few dried up blackberries the birds have missed. Do you have any berries to show us?

36 comments:

Diana said...

Lisa - love those berries. I especially like the dogwood berries. They have a delicate shape, don't they? Well, now I'll have to go berry hunting in the garden tomorrow since it's dark already!

Phillip said...

A great idea - I'll see if I have any berries in the garden this weekend. I planted a pyracantha two years ago on my north wall to replace a monstrous 'Mermaid' rose but it has not produced berries yet. Maybe it will this year.

Rose said...

This is a great idea, Lisa. I'm not sure if I have many berries, but I'll have to check around the garden. They do have their own beauty.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Diana, dogwood berries do have a delicate shape. One would expect a tree to have larger or more coarse berries.

Phillip,it does take pyracantha a few years to get settled but when it does you will have plenty of berries for the wildlife and fall decorations.

Rose, Computers are like cars they are necessary evils. Just when I get my computer fixed Blogger has been against me. Geez such frustrations. I hope your computer is fixed soon.

beckie said...

Lisa, while all your berries are pretty, I especially like the Beauty Bush's. I don't think I've ever seen one and I know I'd remember lavender colored berries. This is a great idea and I have been enjoying seeing all the different types. Thanks!

Mary said...

A non-gardener commenting here, Lisa. Your pyracantha has great berries, but do you enjoy their fragrant flowers in the spring? I had them growing near the front of our home a long time ago and the fragrance of those white flowers made me sick. I think they belong a distance away from windows - they stink.

You have an wonderful garden that birds will enjoy.

Looks like Luna is doing well!

Mary

Mike - Fenphotography said...

I have berries that come in the spring behind my house which the birds love and some birds on appear to eat them, when they are out next I will photograph them and see if you can help with the id.

Jayne said...

Beautiful berries Lisa. :c) Every time I see the pyracanthas I think of the cedar waxwings eating them en masse!

Northern Shade said...

I've enjoyed looking around for berries in the garden right now. Not only are they decorative, but they attract an assortment of wildlife that is fun to watch. The birds have been working on my viburnum berries too, so there are few left. I'm glad they form a useful part of my backyard habitat. The chickadees like hanging out in the thicket, especially if I haven't pruned it in a while.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Mary, my pyracantha is not in a place where I smell it. I don't remember smelling it anyway. Maybe I should be glad i don't remember. ha.

Northern Shade I also have viburnums etc...their berries just don't last into the fall the birds eat them up so fast. This is why I plant all my shrubs. It is a hoot watching Robins trying to get to the end of the Beauty Berry's limbs to get the last of the berries. They must be very tasty to them they work so hard to get them.

Gail said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed this meme! I have seen berries in TX, IL, TN and IN. I know I have forgotten where else!

Gail

Barbara said...

Autumn is the time of berries (edible and other ones). There are so many different colors and shapes, decorating the (still) green bushes. A lot of bushes I bought because they showed these berries. I liked to see the berries you have in your garden.

EAL said...

My main berries are on my pokeweed and some invasive vine or other. The birds are eating the pokeweed berries--don't seem to care that they are poisonous!

shirl said...

Hi there Lisa - your lavender Beauty Bush berries are really quite eye catching :-D

I also love to see the red, orange and black berries. The rowan berries on our tree have mostly fallen to the ground. At the moment we have some great clusters of red cotoneaster berries (which were included in the first of my Sept GBBD videos).

The birds don't appear to be interested in the Rowan berries much but once they make a start on the Cotoneaster ones they will be gone in one day. That's okay - I planted this pendulus tree beside the bird feeders especially for them :-D

Have a good week :-D

nina said...

Your bushes are heavy with berries! Won't the animals love you come winter!

I've noticed an especially heavy walnut load this year. Perhaps it is because the high winds we had threw them all over the yard and I must go gather them.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

EAL I get almost queasy when I see birds eating poisonous berries. Especially when I see them eating Poison Ivy berries. I can't even imagine just touching the plant let alone eating a berry.

I am glad everyone is enjoying the berry brigade.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Lisa, those are gorgeous! I've always admired the beauty berries, what a lovely color.
Marnie

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Wow, you have such colorful berries! As always, I love the Callicarpa berries. They are such an unusual color for a berry. That Dogwood fruit is so different from the Cornus kousa fruit and the Cornus alternifolia fruit. Is it always a 4 pronged thing? I was so hoping to see Pyracantha berries - thanks for posting them! I don't have any, but I always admire their fall color when I see them. I was thinking maybe I should get one, but if they smell bad, maybe I'd better take a pass.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

MrMcD, the Dogwood that has these 4 berries together is Cornus florida. It does have lots of the 4 berries but some fall off or are eaten and then there will be one or two etc. It is a good bloomer for me.

I have never been bothered by the smell of the Pyracantha. I guess it is in a place where I don't get close to it. It has big thorns so I don't bother it much.

verobirdie said...

Lisa, you are more welcome for the link.

I found that funny that we were both displaying pictures of the same plant.

You did great with your garden, and you and Luna have inspired me a lot through the year.

Shady Gardener said...

Lisa, I'd seen MMD's berry post and reference to you, so I did a little one, too! Thanks for the idea! Your berries are all so beautiful, by the way! Hopefully the birds notice them!! :-)

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa......don't you just love this time of year when the bright colours dominate.......berries for me are the best.....so bright and cheering.............a lovely autumn post.........


I have sent Beckie some seeds.....there will be some in there for you........hope she gets them soon..........

Teri C said...

Gosh, those beautiful berries are as great as the autumn leaves.

Salix Tree said...

I love this idea! Those beautybush berries are so pretty! I must see if they would grow here in my garden.
here are my berries.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

SG, the birds are the reason I planted so many berry bearing plants. They will find them along with other wildlife.

Cheryl, so good to see you back. I am glad you like the berries.

Teri, I thought that very thing about the berries. They have such varying colors and shapes.

Beauty Berry bushes do have the most unusual colors ST.

Layanee said...

I'm in on the berry post. I just have to go out and take some pictures! It is nice to see them this time of year!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Glorious, luscious seeds and berries! Those make autumn vastly interesting. My possumhaw hollies are berrying now, and the red buckeyes have lovely seedpods that I HOPE the squirrels leave alone this year. We'll see.... Great post!

Naturegirl said...

Lisa I love this time of year seeing all the varieties of berries everywhere! While I was in Germany the last leg of our journey I could not help but notice and then relaized the reality that Autumn was finally here! Love your berries posted in todays post.hugs a weary traveller

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Lisa, I've given you a little award today. Stop by my blog to pick it up. Congrats, dear!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hi NG, good to see you are back on this side of the pond so to speak. Your adventures have been delightful to follow. I hope you recover from the jet lag soon. Can't wait to see and read more of your trip.

Gail said...

Hey Lisa I posted a berry post today! This was a fun meme to participate in...thanks, Gail

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I took notes! I remeber seeing your Pyracantha last year and am thinking about putting a few in my yard. I am going with more bushes as I change the landscape to be a butterfly and bird haven.
My favorite berry for decorating is the Bittersweet.
I learn so much from you.
Thanks,
Sherry

Roses and stuff said...

What a great idea you brought to us - posting about berries in our gardens. This time of year is great, I think; plenty of sunny days when temperatures rise almost to those of summer.
I so envy you for being able to grow the Beauty Bush! Have never seen the like of those lavender berries before!
/Katarina

ICQB said...

The berries are wonderful! I wish I could tour all of these wonderful gardens in person.

I see so many berry-bearing plants and shrubs growing wild while on walks with my dog. I've begun to try to identify them. I don't have pictures, but so far I've seen downy hawthorn, buckthorn, (wild)rosehips, choke-cherry, pokeweed, and high-bush cranberry, to name a few. I've even seen some dogwood with berries in the wild and I do have a picture of a jack-in-the-pulpit.

I've been inspired to plant some berry-bearing things in my garden. Thanks for the post.

SandyCarlson said...

Those berries are beautiful. I remember this time of year when I was a child and all the berries and the caution not to eat any of them. They were beautiful, but the warning made them fascinating.

Meems said...

Lisa, a great berry post. I keep meaning to do one myself. Maybe when I get back from vacation. Those orange berries are great looking!