“A Real Beauty”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
After having such a hot summer, this cool spell that showed up the last two days has been very welcomed. It has felt almost like October here. This really has put me in the mood for fall and its pleasant temperatures. With the cooler weather, the asters and other late bloomers really seem to be in season. One of my favorite bushes is starting to put on its glory. I am referring to American Beautyberry shrub with its bright magenta berries that are ripening now.
Years ago, I admired a neighbor’s bush and wished I had them in my yard. I looked around in the nurseries, but never saw any for sale. This seems to be one of those plants you need to get as a pass along. Well, in a few years, I guess the birds spread the seeds from the neighbor’s bush to my garden because all of a sudden I had a few of these bushes. At this time of year, I am certainly grateful to those birds.
The berries are thickly clustered on the stems and are such an unusual color that they don’t seem real. Such a vibrant color. I have a few of these bushes spread around the garden, but I bet a whole row of these as a hedge would be spectacular in late August and early September when the berries are in there prime.
Seems like the ripening of the beautyberry is just one more sign that the year is winding down.