After flowering non-stop since June, and still sporting an odd bloom, climbing rose ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ is now covered in hips, creating a striking silhouette even against today’s grey sky. Such an undemanding rose, it is never deadheaded and will be severely pruned sometime early next year ready for another easygoing year.
Nearby, dog rose Rosa canina in the ‘mid-hedge’ that dissects the woodland edge border also sports hips, brighter and shinier but possibly in a lesser quantity. Planted when this border was first created back in 2003 or thereabouts, the hedge (dog rose, hawthorn, guelder rose and hazel) is kept strictly under control and cut back to a little over average adult height every year, so these hips will soon be gone.
In the woodland edge border itself are the brilliant orange-red berries of the stinking iris, Iris foetidissima, the seedpods having split open to reveal their striking innards, drawing attention to a plant that is barely noticeable during the year, even when flowering.
Similarly bright are the berries of Arum italicum, now lying horizontal against the undergrowth, the stems having partially rotted and failing in their attempts to hold their heavy heads high. It is good to see their distinctive marbled leaves, regular components of posies and vases, emerging again.
Varying the colour palette of these autumnal fruits, crab apple Malus ‘Golden Hornet’, a small tree in the shrub border, sports yellow crabs, unloved by birds and destined to rot gradually on the tree till the gardener laboriously picks them off to stop them detracting from early spring blooms on nearby plants:
Its better-loved and better-behaved neighbour, Malus ‘Evereste’, instead covers herself in crabs the colour of peaches, a joy to view from the kitchen windows and, if you ask the blackbirds, a joy to eat. I could make jelly from them but don’t, preferring to enjoy them as they are over the winter or until the birds have eaten them all, whichever comes soonest.
That’s my fruity six for today, so I shall now pop across to visit the host of this Saturday meme, Jon the Propagator, to see what others have posted.