July 16th – We tend to think of summer as the flowering season, but really that’s only half true. Flowering is mainly spring and early summer, and from high summer on, it’s the time for fruiting.
Starting with cherries and rowan berries, fruits, nuts, haws, hips and seeds are now developing well. The green hawthorn berries are plentiful this year after a thin year last time; and blackberries look like they’ll be in good supply too.
Although this time of plenty should really be celebrated, it always makes me just a bit wistful for a summer passing.
But of course, the fruit will bring colour of it’s own to brighten my hedgerows and waysides for weeks to come.