We walked back home from the Gateshead Flower Show this morning, through Watergate Park and along the Tanfield Railway path from Fugar Bar to Sunniside. We wanted to have a look out for how the wild crops are going.
Rowan: coming along well with berries orange at the moment. It will be a couple of weeks yet before they have turned crimson.
Hazel: didn't see too many nuts growing on the trees we looked at so we could be in for a disappointing crop. However, I thought the same last year and I was still eating them in March!
Elder: berries are green at the moment. I was surprised to see the odd bit of elderflower still around.
Blackberries: looking set for a good crop.
Raspberries: largely past their best.
Wild strawberries: the last time I saw wild strawberries in Watergate was when the pit heaps were there over 15 years ago. We found a patch growing next to the footpath. They are past it for this year but now we know where they are, we'll be back in 2009!
Pears: the orchard at Fugar Bar is heading yet again towards a good crop.
Rose hips: plenty around but none are ripe at the moment.
Hawberries: as with the rose hips, plenty coming on but they are all still green.