|~ blackberries & raspberries ~|
So, while the weather continues to be more like summer than summer actually was, I'm outside for as long as I can. I'm in the midst of one of the best Autumn harvests of raspberries that I've ever seen - they are actually larger than the blackberries that are still on the canes!
I've made this observation before, but it's even more noticeable at this time of year: the birds are not eating the fruit. There are so many blackberries that are inaccessible to picking by humans that I thought the birds would be gobbling them up like mad and usually the Stellar Jays are into my raspberries at this time of year too. But I haven't noticed any of this activity going on. Unusual...
This weekend was a great time to be outdoors, cleaning up the beds, making note of what needs a bit more care, where I need to add more soil & to see what is still producing. I planted a bunch of things that have been sitting in pots for a few months to a few years. (a ginko tree, a mystery maple, a wild rose, lots of lavender) Unless the rains come soon, I will need to water daily to ensure they get established a bit in their new homes & are able to survive. I'll have to take pictures when the light is better - by the time I was finished yesterday, the light had gone. It was one of those days where you just HAD to sit still in the late afternoon light & watch the insects flying around, listen to the birds & enjoy the work accomplished.
|~ late afternoon light ~|