Wordless Wednesday – Late Winter Flower Power – Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii

Berberis darwinii can provide a good protective nesting site, within its dense thorny branches for birds. The flowers provide nectar and pollen for pollinators. Autumn berries provide food for birds.

37 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Late Winter Flower Power – Berberis darwinii

    • Yes, its a little early but our mild weather has helped this shrub flower early. I am sorry to hear you have snow again Cynthia, I hope Spring is on its way soon for you.

    • I am sure you’d know it if, I’d shown a wider photograph. The flowers are actually very small so are the sharp holly like leaves and the stems very thorny. It wasn’t until I looked at my photographs I realised I had not shown the best angle.

      • I doubt if birds are caught by the thorns – large birds wouldn’t really be able to get in amongst them and small birds would be able to manouevre okay I think. Size is relative – some of the thorns of these plants are a similar size to a bird’s claws or nails.

  1. Uh, early indeed but such a welcome sight. We had one just outside the bedroom window in Ireland and it was such a feature all year. Unlike most people I actually love Berberis.

    • I have a friend Annette, who grows this type of Berberis as a small tree, which provides shade in the height of the Summer and in the Autumn he watches flocks of small birds on the berries. There are lots of positives, I’d be happy to have one out side of my bedroom window too!

      • No, honestly they literally came for the berberis flowers! It is a known thing House Sparrows do with yellow flowers – they also used to devour my yellow crocus flowers too, and then later those of the red-hot pokers (Kniphophia)! Quite frustrating when you love the flowers and the birds!

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