My mountain ash (Rowan) tree is ready but no sign of the robins. They have usually stripped it bare by this time. Folklore says that when there is an abundance of berries it is going to be a hard winter.
One rose bush still blooming, this is one of my favourites as the blooms and the buds are so delicate.
I have two tiny Rowan trees that self seeded at home from a neighbour's tree but as I don't have room at home for trees I brought them up to our cottage garden and in the six weeks since I planted them they are now just over two feet tall. No berries yet though!ReplyDelete
Mine is a self-seed too from an older tree that has since died. It is now taller than my house!Delete
Can you use Rowan berries for anything? If not I hope the birds clear it all up for you.ReplyDelete
Not that I am aware of, Jackie. They don't look particularly appetizing but the birds and squirrels seem to like them.Delete
That is certainly a lot of berries, I am so hoping that the folklore saying is wrong.ReplyDelete
I think this applies to a lot of fruit bearing trees.Delete
Our Rowans over here also have masses of berries. I do hope the saying is wrong.. I really don't need a harsh winter!ReplyDelete
The berries are usually long gone before the snow flies but perhaps this year it will sustain some wildlife if the weather is bad.Delete
I'm sure the word will get around the bird community soon enough! Once one knows, that all know.ReplyDelete
So true but no sign of that yet!Delete
Beautiful yellow rose. I had not heard that about the Mountain Ash berries. In the field behind us there is a (wild) choke cherry & the Robins love the berries on it, but this year the squirrels are getting in their feast first. I've read it's going to be a snowy winter :(ReplyDelete
You may be right. It will be fun to see the wildlife indulging in the treats with snow on the branches!Delete
I've heard that saying but it never seems to be true around here. XReplyDelete
There's always a first time!Delete