Country Diary: Fruits of autumn are now ripe for picking
Autumn is certainly here, with cold snaps, reduced hours of daylight, autumn tints and fallen leaves. Blackberries, although in abundance generally, have suffered once again on a local site. Last year, the council cut the hedgerow just as blackberries were in their prime. This year – no hedge cutting at all, but convolvulus or bindweed, with its large white trumpet-like flowers, has completely enveloped the entire hedge, with very few berries reaching maturity!