This picture of blackberries was taken about a month ago, they are actually growing in our garden by the apple tree. I bought this blackberry plant when we first moved here in 2006, but this is actually the first year when they look 'good enough to eat'.
Now look at these ones, taken yesterday - yes plump and juicy - ready to be eaten, but we did not pick any of them, as we still have a few plums in the fruit bowl screaming to be eaten.
So there they remain for the birds to enjoy if they wish.
This is a view from my flat window at our part of the garden. A total mess I know, but there are days when I like looking out from it. I like to admiring the changing colours of the plants, seeing the various birds in the tree and the occasional squirrel bopping about - only to be distracted by the fast moving trains in the background. Anyway, this time last year, the apple tree was heaving with apples, this year though - we can only see a few dotted about. I have no idea what has happened, perhaps its to do with the weather this year, being so changeable that the apple flower buds just did not get a chance to set. Oh I don't know, but I am disappointed as I had plans for all those cooking apples: jam, tarts, cakes, crumbles and so on. In my dug up garden plot, you can just about see the black kale, some white sprouting broccoli, Swiss chard and some lettuces that are just starting to bolt. Okay I guess I better take you down into the garden, but don't tell me the grass needs cutting because I know it does and please don't tell me that I have been neglecting the garden plot, because I know that is true too.
I mean just look at these hestia dwarf runner beans growing in a pot.
This Norwich bear is sitting happily though in one of the herb baskets, that has seen better days.
A handful of wild strawberries still growing. A lot of these wild strawberries have self-seeded in the border for the slugs and snails to enjoy.