My garden is winding down for the season. The leaves are turning color, and the flowers are on their last gasp.
Now is the time for berries to shine!
This absolutely lovely plant is the beautyberry -- and the berries? That's their actual, un-retouched color! I cut the plant to the ground in the spring, and the foliage is all rather nondescript during the summer, but - oh, my! - does it ever SHINE in the fall! One of my favorites. (The squirrels and birds are big fans as well.)
These are the fruit/berries of my Washington Hawthorn tree. They are lovely berries -- and such a treat for neighborhood squirrels and - one of my favorite birds - the cedar waxwing. I didn't plant the Hawthorn; it was here when we purchased our house -- and I have a rather love/hate relationship with the tree. I love the berries in fall. But. The tree has HUGE thorns (thus, the name), and early on, while doing some pruning, I impaled my thumb joint with one of the thorns. (I nearly had to have surgery to correct the damage. Thankfully, it healed without.) I have since made my peace with the tree, and enjoy the berries (and accompanying wildlife) every fall.
A couple of years ago, I "rescued" this porcelain vine from a clearance table at Lowes. I had no idea the berries were so beautiful! This $1.00 plant gives me so much joy every fall -- the colors are glorious. (And the birds love it, too!)
These are not berries . . . even though they kind of look like them. These are seeds emerging from their seedpod on my star magnolia. They're so exotic-looking -- and were such a surprise the first time I found them.
The garden brings joy in every season. In the fall? It's the berries!