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[07] Red and Yellow and …

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[07] Red and Yellow and … – a Blog about Berries

The words of the title come, of course, from The Coat of Many Colors from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber

It was red and yellow and green and brown And scarlet and black and ochre and peach And ruby and olive and violet and fawn And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve And cream and crimson and silver and rose And azure and lemon and russet and grey And purple and white and pink and orange And red and yellow and green and brown and blue


In the world of plants it’s not just flowers that are colourful. We also have a variety of fruits that come after the flowers. As for [25] Autumn this topic does not fit well into my time constraints because by November many fruits have come and gone.

So I will start with berries in many colours. I will not attempt to identify them all. Most are from gardens in Cheltenham but one or two exotic species are from WWT Slimbridge.

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As with all fruit, berries may change colour and so timing is critical. In November I found the next two.


About the only way to find green coloured berries is to catch them when immature. These ivy berries will change colour later.


These are not the usual sort of fruits. They are not berries but they look very similar. They are on a Yew tree and will turn to cones.

It is hard to photograph trees well and I wanted to show one of several local Mountain Ash (Rowan) trees currently laden with berries. I have compromised with a partial crop rather than a whole tree.


I have been tempted, just before issue, to add three more pictures from a country walk.




That’s about it for berries but I expect to catch more fruit as the year progresses.

Here are two more fruits I have manage to catch so far – a late Blackberry and an early fig.

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Author: Alan

Retired, currently living in Cheltenham.

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