Ripening fruit

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Fruits of cranberry bush viburnum, V. trilobum, are just beginning to show color. Soon they will be bright, shiny red, but the birds won’t eat them until winter.

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ve probably realized that I’m obsessed with fruit. I noticed today that two of the many fruiting shrubs in my garden are “in that delightful state, when farther beauty is known to be at hand, and when, while much is actually given to the sight, more yet remains for the imagination.” Jane Austen always said everything best.

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Look carefully amongst the leaves–fruits of black chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa, turn reddish before they turn black. As soon as they’re ripe, birds will devour them.

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