Sunday, September 15, 2013

Berries

It's suddenly gone really Autumnal here. About 10 days ago I was flouncing around in my summer dresses and the temperature was almost 30°C, too hot to knit, the garden needed watering etc etc. A day later the temperature plummets 15 degrees and I have to excavate a woolly jumper from the wardrobe. Last weekend I got drenched twice - once coming back from the shops, where I'd walked over, thinking it was a nice bright-if-cold day and I wouldn't need an umbrella, only for an absolutely enormous black cloud to appear out of nowhere as I walked back. I'd even hung washing outside, but fortunately the OH was at home to rescue it. And once trying to garden on the Sunday afternoon.

It's really too early still for the trees to be turning Autumnal though, although the horse chestnuts round here have got leaf miner so have all turned brown already. No wonder it feels like Autumn!

One of my colleagues at work had found lots of blackberry bushes near where we work last year, so several of us went one lunchtime and collected tubs and tubs of blackberries. I have the scratches to prove it. I also have the blackberry and apple jam:


Out in the garden the Pyracanthas have started to develop berries. We've had them nearly two years, but last year I didn't notice that the berries appear at different times, depending on their colour.
The red ones are already huge and very red (these are the birds' favourite).


But the orange (on the right) is only just appearing and the yellow (on the left, there's a rose in the middle) has hardly started to appear yet. These are also much less popular with the birds.


Now I'm trying to remember if they all flowered at the same time earlier this year...

1 comment:

belovedbrowneyes said...

Everything looks wonderful! I've got some muscadines to make jelly from, hopefully tomorrow. I've never done it before, so I hope it turns out. :)