Berries #4

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A member of the rose family, the cotoneaster bursts into life in May and early June with a profusion of white or pale-pink, flat-petalled blooms, which bees love. With their long-lasting, prolific berries, they are also among the most useful fruiting shrubs in autumn, attractive both to humans and to birds.


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  1. How pretty. We have cotoneasters here but they are never frosted by snow. The birds love the red berries.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No snow here yet either, these are a few years old. But plenty of berries around.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Years ago a house I lived in had a whole wall of espaliered pyracantha, the scent of the flowers wasn’t too nice as you probably know. One harsh winter it was stripped of its berries in a few hours by fieldfares, I was so pleased to have given so many of them a good meal!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is a lovely golden pyracantha at the back of me, seems to get deeper orange as the months go by.

  3. Sammy D. says:

    I LOVE cotoneasters -the name is such fun to pronounce and they are such low-maintenance gems. I did not know they were cousins to the rose!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think I was mispronouncing it for years o_O

      1. Sammy D. says:

        Cotton Easters, heh heh 👍😜🇬🇧

        1. Heyjude says:

          Was I SO obvious? Hahahah…

        2. Sammy D. says:

          😍👍. Happt New Year, babe 💞💞🍷🍷🇬🇧

        3. Heyjude says:

          And you Sammy, I look forward to sharing the year with you. You will be back blogging at some point, won’t you?

        4. Sammy D. says:

          Uh, not sure. I will write a ‘New Year’s’ post …. eventually …

        5. Heyjude says:

          When you are ready 🙂

  4. kayrpea61 says:

    Lovely to look at, but a pest in the bush. For that reason, they are a declared environmental weed in most parts of Australia. While once popular in gardens, we are now encouraged to replace them, or at least, not to let the berries form.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s such a shame. We need the berries here to brighten up our dim and dreary winter days 🙂

  5. pommepal says:

    So cheerful Jude but looks so cold covered in snow.

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