This short post is part of a series focusing on autumn colours.
Featured in the photo accompanying this post are the berries of privet. While poisonous to humans, these fruits are eaten by birds such as thrushes, and the plant spreads by distributing its seeds via these birds’ droppings. The dense, semi-evergreen foliage of the plants is also useful to birds in providing cover.
The inclusion of these berries in a series on ‘Autumn colours’ raises the question of whether black is actually a colour at all. But even if you belong to the school of thought that maintains that black is technically an absence of colour, it is hard to deny that these berries are an eye-catching sight on a stroll through the Park in the closing months of the year. The berries are also a reminder of that striking fragrance that emanates from the plant’s small white flowers in the summer. Here, again, there are different schools of thought: some find the smell delightful while others find it to be overpoweringly pungent. (This post’s author is firmly in the former camp.)