time in the garden for both the birds and me. The viburnums (unknown variety) produced an abundance of berries this year:
in contrast to last year. The branches are literally bent over from the weight of the profuse crop. One of the benefactors of the bounty are the Robins who are harvesting the berries & gorging themselves almost to the point of not being able to fly:
Is there such a thing as getting "drunk" from too much berry consumption?? If there is, it's definitely happening in my yard. They feast, drink then leave purple berry stains on everything. It's good tho and makes me happy to see my yard offering sustenance to the feathered friends I enjoy watching year round. While they are consuming the viburnum berries on the north side of the yard, I am busy picking raspberries on the south side ~ I think they're at the peak of their production right now:
Too bad my niece isn't here now to help me harvest them ~ she's always had a penchant for them and faithfully checked the patch every day while she was here. Unfortunately it was just a touch early. I guess I'll have to eat them all myself ~ hardship of hardships....
Something else delicious but not of the berry sort, is this 'Apple Blossom' dahlia:
Isn't it the most divine dahlia ever? I am enthralled with the pale pink & yellow combination. I saw a picture of it last year on the Internet and knew I had to have one. So I ordered myself (and my Mom) one from Swan Island Dahlias. It's taken all summer for it to develop a couple buds (thank you cool wet weather) but now the first bud has opened and it's every bit as beautiful as I remembered. Needless to say, I will be overwintering this tuber! Speaking of my Mom, she arrives today (for the weekend) so I will be away from my blog until Monday. See you then and have a good one.