Sweet and Sour

I was just wandering through the car park to the supermarket on my way home this evening. The car park in question makes a very convenient shortcut!

Now, I'm very partial to blackberries although I wouldn't pick them from this car park and especially not from this bush. If you saw the whole of the photo this is cropped from you'd see that many of the leaves are discoloured and that the bush looks really quite manky and rather diseased.  It's not in an appealing location so I don't think anyone will be snacking on these ones.  You're certainly not going to get children foraging here!

What did catch my eye and make me reach for a camera was the vine growing through it.  If you look in front of the radiator grill, you can see the distinctive purple petals and yellow stamens and styles of woody nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) and its bright red berries hanging among the ripening blackberries.  Fine for birds as a combination, but it struck me as quite a discordant combination for humans.


  1. Lovely colours. It's an interesting plant, Solanum dulcamara.
    How about another plant with a witchy name: Enchanter's Nightshade - https://storvaxt.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/enchanters-nightshade.html

  2. Enchanter's Nightshade, that is one evocative name. I've never seen one, so far as I know, so I'll keep my eyes peeled. Oh - and nice blog post, by the way!


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