Berry Lovely

Although our trees haven’t changed as vibrantly this fall as they have other years, their more muted show has allowed me to appreciate all of the color provided by berries, crab apples, and rosehips. While hiking out at Dawes, I loved seeing the hazy splashes of color in the distance coming from things like crabapples, winterberries, and serviceberries:035and look at the berries on this Sparkleberry winterberry shrub in their collection:

053While we were there, we browsed the selection of plants for sale at the visitor’s center. We found a white-berried version of a shrub already in our garden at home, the Japanese beautyberry, so we had to add that to our collection. Here’s a peek at the berries and such coloring our garden at the moment:


clockwise from top: Japanese beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica), Golden raindrops crabapple (Malus transitoria ‘Schmidtcutleaf’), white Japanese beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica ‘Leucocarpa’), American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), Sugar tyme crabapples (Malus ‘Sugar Tyme’), and center, hips on our Scotch rose bush (Rosa spinosissima).


Persimmon Time

Popped out to Dawes this weekend. Had a lovely time hiking the grounds. Was tickled to see the fruit on a persimmon tree:


Seems like usually the animals get to them before I actually see them on the tree. I must confess, I’m not much use in the kitchen but these fruits could almost inspire me to try! I had persimmon pie once and replicating that flavor would be worth an awful lot of effort.

This tree is younger than the one I shared pictures of a few months ago ( -this one was planted in 1997. The bark isn’t quite as craggy looking as that on the more mature one, but you can see it is getting there. Would love to add one or two to my yard, but, alas, there just isn’t space. I’ll have to save that for my someday-move-to-the-country-dream-file!