autumn berries

haws fromย  common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) september 2019

Common hawthorn can support more than 300 insects. It is the food plant for caterpillars of many moths, including the hawthorn, orchard ermine, pear leaf blister, rhomboid tortrix, light emerald, lackey, vapourer, fruitlet mining tortrix, small eggar and lappet moths. Its flowers are eaten by dormice and provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. The haws are rich in antioxidants and are eaten by many migrating birds such as redwings, fieldfares and thrushes, as well as small mammals. Source: Woodland Trust UK

If you want to join in with celebrating the colours of autumn then take part in the Festival of Leaves 2019 hosted by Dawn Miller.


  1. restlessjo says:

    Nice!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. beetleypete says:

    Lovely bright berries, on a dull day here.
    So much rain this past week, my mood has plummeted. Yesterday’s sunny start didn’t last long, and I was awake until late, listening to the rain lashing the house. I never imagined I could be so affected by the weather, until I moved to where I really notice it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very noticeable here too Pete and I get anxious about leaks in this house. The rain is bad enough, but the wind makes it much worse!

  3. Tish Farrell says:

    And hawthorn berries are good for us too – in herbal decoctions said to be good for heart health. And this year’s profusion is certainly a heartening sight.Love your edit, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There do seem to many more than usual this year, the lanes here are covered in red splashes. I have never tried eating one, have you? I do remember rosehip syrup being given to me as a child at this time of year.

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        They’ve got a hardish middle and taste rather bitter if I remember rightly. Not at all promising. Tho quite good when dried and used in a herbal tea.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I was reading that dried you can add to breakfast muesli. And also make jelly from it. Not to be taken by people on hypertension medication though, without consulting the Dr.

        2. Tish Farrell says:

          That’s probably because herbalists use them to normalise blood pressure and reduce palpitations.

        3. Heyjude says:

          I’d best not make tea from them for the OH then!

  4. Su Leslie says:

    I love your edit Jude. I didnโ€™t know any of that. Like so many introduced plants, hawthorn can be a problem here as it crowds out natives.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wonder if it has its uses there too?

      1. Su Leslie says:

        Definitely! Medicinal and culinary uses, and I imagine our native birds and insects will feed on it.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not all bad then. Just needs to be kept an eye on.

  5. So gorgeous. I love your edit!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Dawn ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Such a beautiful image, Jude. I love the painterly effect. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sylvia. This year is a good one for the haws.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    It sounds like a super-plant to me … and it’s pretty. We have a winner!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t think I will be using it, but I am sure the birds will ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Really like what you did with that photo:)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you, I think it was poster edges in Photoshop Elements.

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Creatively done, Jude. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sometimes when the image is not quite as sharp as you’d like a bit of artistic flair saves it from being deleted ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Jane Lurie says:

        A great solution, Jude.

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