Day 176: amelanchier berries

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


The rich red berries on the amelanchier always put me in mind of Christmas, even in the middle of June. Now, I will gladly defend the right of a plant to produce fruit at whatever time of year it sees fit, but this unapologetic evocation of winter at midsummer is, for me, a little disorientating, though it doesn’t seem to bother the wood pigeons. These great, fat Columbidae stuff themselves fit to burst with the ripe delicacies even as I write, not caring that their clumsy, flapping presence in the small tree has historically caused much damage to the branches. Still, they seem happy, and in all honesty, the amelanchier is tough, and doesn’t seem to mind the odd broken limb.

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