It's time to post for our host Carol of Garden Bloom Day. A day that the garden blogging community share with viewers on the 15th of every month what's blooming in their gardens.
Here in the Northeast zone 5b, plants are all sleeping awaiting springs arrival so no blooms to show, but here are a few pictures of my beautiful Barberry. ( Berberis thunbergii) "It's a thorny devil," and I once thought about removing it.
Thanks to it's thorniness my desire to remove it was put off until I forgot to remove it all together.. I'm now thankful that I forgot, because its gorgeous Red berries add color and texture to what is now a colorless winter scene. Winter snow would have made a striking back ground and photo for this shrub but it has not snowed here in Michigan yet.
Here's a little History about the Barberry shrub I thought I would share with you. The Barberry is associated with the Berbers, who cultivated it on the African cost of Barbary.
The Moonshine Designs Nursery located in Milan, Illinois, discovered that Hummingbirds, like to nest in their barberry shrubs for they have found small walnut size nest in their nursery plants from time to time.
It makes an excellent protective hedge..I can attest to that, and deers will not touch it.
They are often used to hold slopes and banks.
They are used in making candles because of their scent.
The ripe fruits are used to make jelly, uumm ..now that's very interesting and something that I must investigate.
In India they are dried and eaten like raisins.
It's Medicinal...it has a high concentration of berberine a hormonal substance that fights diseases and infections and is used by naturopaths to treat dysentery.
Wow! and I once thought that this was just a pretty bush of thorns that I found annoying, I have certainly change my views about it.
If some of you crafty bloggers out there have made scented Candles or Jelly from this shrub, please write me about it. I would love to hear from you and thanks for stopping by my blog.