Winter berries

I think my blackberry bush has got the seasons wrong. Then again there might be something I don’t know about blackberries. In any case, below is a photo of the blackberries ripening in my garden at the moment:


I did a quick internet search to see if this was a common phenomenon but came up with no results. The best I got was that some varieties have been developed to ripen in colder conditions due to being in a more northerly latitude. While the latitude the plant in question lives in is southerly enough to enable any blackberries to ripen, perhaps it could do equally well if it were in the Outer Hebrides, for example? Thus, my plant might simply have been tricked by the mild winter into believing it was still summer of a kind 😮

Whatever the reason behind the out-of-season berries, I am pleased to have a plant which is so resilient and productive. I might be moving it from its current location at some point in the future but I think it will remain a feature in the garden for some time to come!

© Helen Butt, January 2014


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to Winter berries

  1. Amazing what plants may think is happening with the weather,Helen.

I love to read about your own experiences and any other feedback you have, so look forward to your comments below.

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