Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Backyard Nature Wednesday: Bird berries

White beautyberries.


Purple beautyberries. (Those blue blossoms peeking through are blue plumbago which lives next to the beautyberry.)


Golden dewdrops (Duranta erecta).



All of these berries provide sustenance for the birds through fall and into winter, if they last that long. They are especially loved by American Robins and Northern Mockingbirds. They are wonderful plants on their own, even if the birds didn't like them, but the fact that they help to feed the feathered visitors to my garden makes them even more valuable.

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  1. I have often thought about where I could fit something like these in the garden, but just haven't come up with a good location for them.

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    1. They are not really picky about location, but they can grow to be quite large - although you can prune them to keep them in shape and in their designated space. They are a valuable addition to any habitat garden.

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  2. Ooh, I've never seen a white beautyberry before.

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    1. They are not as common as the purple, of course, but the birds like them just as well - maybe even more.

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  3. Fantastic photos!!! Greetings!:))

    xxBasia

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  4. I love the purple ones, and the golden dewdrops.

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    1. I like the purple ones, too. They bring a lot of color to my late summer/fall garden.

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  5. The other day I had to look up spikenard (found on the first page of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' first novel, In Evil Hour.) The images on Google looked like a bush I had outside the back door of our last house: clusters of berrylike things that attracted scadillions of bees. The white beauty berry made me remember them, though the leaves and clusters were bigger.

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    1. Books sometimes teach us unexpected things, don't they?

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