|By Path to Fen Road Exit - 23 July 2015|
The first trees to blossom in the park are the cherry plums and the blackthorn in late March (see post Blossom). Four months later, appetizing ripe plums hang on the boughs. At the time this photograph was taken there were masses of unripe plums on the tree. When I went back to photograph the tree just over a week later, all the plums had gone.
|South East Park - 28 July 2015|
At the same time as the cherry plums are getting ripe for picking, the blackthorn berries still have a way to go. I only found this one bush by the poplars in the south east corner of the park with any berries on it.
|By Fen Road Exit - 10 September 2015|
About a month after the blackthorn, came the apple trees (see post Apple Blossom Time). By September, a variety of apples, large and small, red and green, could be seen on the trees around the park.
|North of Deep Water - 20 September 2015|
In some cases, the windfalls were more conspicuous than the apples left on the trees.
|By Hall's Pond - 10 September 2015|
There was a magnificent display of hawthorn during May (see post May). But whether it was the weather - there was a very heavy storm just at the peak of the blossom - or whether it is the position of the bushes in the park, the crop of berries in the park seemed disappointing. Frustratingly, I saw plenty of bushes around Milton that were red with berries, but none in the park itself. This bush was one of the bushes that provided an amphitheatre of white in the centre of the park by Hall's Pond shown in earlier post.
|Play Area - 23 August 2015|
The last two bushes which produced a profusion of white flowers were the elder and the bramble. Elderflowers were the slightly earlier of the two, appearing early to mid June (see post Elderflower Time). Despite the late flowers, elderberries are some of the first fruit to ripen. Here, in a favoured location with plenty of sun by the play area, the characteristic deep purple berries are evident by the end of August.
|East Bank Todd's Pit - 20 September 2015|
Less than a fortnight after the elderflowers, the brambles start their long flowering period (see post Summer Flowers), with the fruit ripening less than six weeks later. As a result, I could have taken a picture like the one above just as easily in August. I didn't because I waited to get an image of a bush laden with luscious fully ripe black blackberries. After a month of trying, I realised that such an image is not possible, because almost as soon as the berries ripen they are eaten - mostly by humans. So I settled for a bushful of most red but some black berries.
Next: Early Autumn