Monday, 21 November 2011

The Autumn Garden

The Autumn Garden

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought
and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as
from August to November."



  1. Beautiful Colours Pam, What is the lilac/purple coloured shrub?

  2. Hi Jason,the shrub is Callicarpa bodinieri -'Profusion' (Beauty Berry). I grow it in a pot as it seems to flourish better than planted in the garden. It has fruited well this year!

    Taken from Wikipedia:
    The temperate species are deciduous, the tropical species evergreen. The leaves are simple, opposite, and 5–25 cm long. The flowers are in clusters, white to pinkish. The fruit is a berry, 2–5 mm diameter and pink to red-purple with a highly distinctive metallic lustre, are very conspicuous in clusters on the bare branches after the leaves fall. The berries last well into the winter or dry season and are an important survival food for birds and other animals, though they will not eat them until other sources are depleted. The berries are highly astringent but are made into wine and jelly. Callicarpa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Endoclita malabaricus and Endoclita undulifer.

    I have had the shrub for about 6/7 years and the only species I have spotted eating the berries have been Blackcaps, so hopefully if/when they return to my garden this winter they will have plenty to feast on!

  3. Brilliant contrasting colours. Only Mother Nature could get away with mixing colours like that! Last year's winter seemed to get the better of most of our overwintering blackcaps around here; there were none to be seen in the second half of the winter. Lets hope for kinder conditions this winter.

  4. Last Winter I had my first visit of a Blackcap at the stage of November that we are at now John! That was early but the snow was early if you remember, who could! On and off visits from Blackcaps (usually one) until late February, Fieldfares kept them at bay unfortunately.
    I also hope for kinder conditions this winter, it is so mild for late November! Let us hope there isn't a sting in the tail!

  5. Such stunning couldn't mix them on a pallette if you tried!
    Great info.....if you've any left I know someone who would want to use them for his winemaking! lol
    Long may this mild weather last.....I've seen a brown butterfly and a House Sparrow taking grass into his terraced nest box today!

  6. I doubt there would be enough berries to fill an eggcup Ruth, the berries are sooooo tiny!

    Nice sightings albeit late with the Red Admiral and the House Sparrow possibly nesting! I wonder if they take grass in for roosting?