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Late Fruit

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I was able to get into the garden to do some tidying up today. The Cotinus is dropping its leaves onto the plants below and whilst clearing them up I thought my Billardiera was fruiting, it twines through the Cotinus and my Olive tree.

…but no the purple fruits are Olives.
I worked out when I posted this pic in August this year it’s 13 years old and now fruits most year but the fruit has in previous years remained green.

…look at the Olives now.

Here is a pic of the Billardiera flowers which are produced in May.

And the fruit in August, which is considered edible (whatever that means). I’ve never tried it.

Well it has been a strange year.

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Lovely autumn colour mix in your first pic, Siris. The olives look interesting, especially the reddish purple colouring! Plus the fascinating Billiardiera! I love the colour! It’s a new one to me.

2 Nov, 2020

 

Come on Siris, have a little bite in the interests of education~and do let us know. I've tasted both Mahonia and fuchsia berries after hearing they are edible. Have to say that neither was very tasty- a bit insipid really.

2 Nov, 2020

 

edible just mans you can eat it with out being poisoned not that it is tasty! but I would love to know what they taste like. ever tried fuchsia? so disappointing.

2 Nov, 2020

 

Sorry Folks, I've taken all the seed out of the capsules of the Billarderia to send to a seed distribution scheme!
Thanks YorkshireLass & SBG, I don't taste plants in the name of education or science. There are masses of plants that have 'edible' bits, but that statement needs qualifying. Runner beans seeds are toxic in quantity if eaten raw!

3 Nov, 2020

 

Well I am living proof that one fuchsia berry or one Mahonia berry have absolutely no discernible effect on the health.
Certainly not worth eating in quantity unless you were starving...

3 Nov, 2020

 

Yorkslass, that's what the Kenyans do with Lathyrus sativus, (White Pea, toxic to humans, which is used primarily for feeding cattle unless in drought conditions and nothing else will grow).

4 Nov, 2020

 

You mean they just eat one? Hardly seems worth it?

4 Nov, 2020

 

Well I'm a wuss and admit I never try any of the berries on my shrubs, did try a passion fruit years back, one was enough, never tempted again, lol, I have noticed how quickly the birds are stripping the berries in my garden this year, wondering if they know something we don't..

4 Nov, 2020

 

well folklore does have it that a heavy crop of berries means a hard winter!

first hard frost today too.

4 Nov, 2020

 

None here yet Seaburn but seems lots of places have, I've got most tender things in their winter quarters ready though, we've been having clear skies and bight sunny days this week...........

4 Nov, 2020

 

Here in the warm South, second day with frost this morning, lovely cold sunny crisp day but seems warmer than those damp drizzly windy days we had in Oct, when the temperature read higher on our out door thermometer. Damp gets into the old bones!

5 Nov, 2020

 

It's nice that you have olives on your tree. I wonder if you'll be picking them ...
Interesting to see the Billarderia flowers. I've never seen them before.

5 Nov, 2020

 

Thank you Hywel. In the first pic, on the right side is an evergreen shrub called Vestia foetida which has similar shaped yellow flowers, but the leaves are smelly if bruised.

6 Nov, 2020

 

Thank you :)

7 Nov, 2020

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