Berries are the jewels of winter. While everything else is pale and frosty or in every shade of brown, berries are a splash of carmine in a monochrome landscape, all the better for birds to find them. Whichever season they ripen in, the birds will never be far behind to gorge on the edible fruits.
This is the perfect time of year to add berries to the garden. Bare root strawberries or soft fruit canes will settle in happily now and start to bear fruit in the summer. Firstly the fresh green of acid sharp gooseberries, then pale green strawberries swelling in June. They're usually ready in time for Wimbledon.
Then come the deeper reds of raspberries and tayberries, with their delicious tangy taste. The clear crimson of wineberries. And at the allotment handfuls of the deepest purple blackberries.
In pots on the patio are blueberries. I photograph them endlessly as the berries change from an icy pale green to pink to purple before they reach perfect dark blue ripeness. They like ericaceous soil but otherwise they're easy to grow and very pretty as well. In autumn the leaves turn a spectacular range of vivid reds.
Berries are the easiest of things to grow. They are undemanding but every year they give one of the best harvests in the garden. If there's a sunny corner in your garden I guarantee you won't regret popping in a plant or two.
It just remains for me to wish you all the happiest of New Years. I shall be resolving to do all the usual stuff - be healthier, lose weight, write more, achieve a few things. You never know, 2016 might be the year it sticks. CJ xx
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