There has been a wonderful parade of berries showing up on blogs all over the Blogosphere! We have seen beautiful trees and shrubbery heavy with reds, blacks, whites and even brown berries. Louis Comfort Tiffany would be inspired by the array of colors and shapes. Lamps and jewelry would be made to commemorate them all.
Our friends Frances, Lisa, Mr. McGregor's Daughter (ed. MMD and Lisa need to be credited for this meme, thank you both) and Carol have had posts on berries! MMD has kindly let me know that Shady Gardener, Diana and Salix have also posted about their berry crop! Thank you Katarina and Yolanda Elizabet for reminding me of your post. Being a femmes d'une certaine age*, I've forgotten who else has posted on berries. Please, let me know so I may add your link to this one.
Let's see what we can find in the garden today.
Lantana 'Dallas Red' has delicious jewel toned colors and later these silvery green berries, which turn black with age.
I like this photo which shows, a new bud, a fallen flower, a forming seed head, the berries with the beautifully textured leaves of a Lantana.
Arisaema dracontium, a cousin of Jack in the Pulpit.
The Green Dragon a member of the Arum family is one of the best berry producers in my garden. It looks pitiful, but this is the natural order for an Arum.
Isn't the seed head magnificent?
Blackberry Lily. The mass of round, black, fleshy seeds resembles a blackberry. Even though this plant is not a native, it has escaped and established itself enough to make it onto the pages of most Tennessee Wildflower books.
Crape-Myrtle 'Natchez' the seed pods look like berries to me!
Lonicera tatarica, morrowii or maackii
Bush honeysuckle; the fragrance of the flowers seduced gardeners to plant this noxious invasive. It is crowding out natives in our woodlands and forests. This is a berry I wish wasn't near my garden.
Non native Beautyberry...it came with the garden! I love the sweet little flowers and the purplish berries. Both make up for the rather boring green shrub it is most of the year!
"Gray Owl" is a fantastic juniper and very fitting for Chez Ceder's garden.
It is a beautiful silvery gray foliage plant with green berries that will get bluer as they age. I wish that this was available to more homeowners and gardeners...it makes more sense then the chinensis cultivars sold in all big box stores!
Last Christmas we spent hours trying to find Juniper berries for a spiced beef dish a friend was going to make. I could have picked them off the shrubs in my yard! Juniper berries are a spice used in a wide variety of culinary dishes and best known for the primary flavoring in gin (and responsible for gin's name, which is a shortening of the Dutch word for Juniper: genever) The berries have long been used as medicine by many cultures. Thank you Wikipedia for this fine info!
Jetbead is a small, multi-stemmed, up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) tall shrub that has become invasive in natural areas in the eastern United States. Jetbead is native to eastern Asia and was first introduced into the United States in 1866 as an ornamental. If you are wondering what family it belongs to...take a look at the leaves for a big hint. If you saw the flowers in the spring, you would quickly identify it as a member of the Rosaceae family. Another gift from the previous owner. It hasn't spread beyond the one small plant in the garden, but it might be carried away by visiting birds to other yards.
Rough Leaved Dogwood has a strong presence in the back garden. It is a lovely tree in the spring and each fall produces the berries you see above. I must tell you, that this beautiful photo is not mine! The mosquitoes and ticks chased me from the garden and I had to get this one from the internet site~~Illinois Wildflowers! It's a great website and has been wonderfully helpful in educating me! What ever they are shooting with...I want!
We saved the best for last.
Rusty Blackhaw comes through! I love Rusty...he is a fantastic small tree, with delightful white flower heads that morph into these beautiful berries. Soon his leaves will be burgundy colored. He is under appreciated and under used! I know Tina loves this tree or maybe it was the post!
That is the end of the berries at Clay and Limestone. What has become clear to me is that I must get me some more berries and soon! How has this been allowed to happen? How could I not have more viburnums or hollies? Recommendations are being accepted at this time. Direct lines are open for your convenience 24/7!
* a woman of a certain age