After enjoying the river edge for a short while, I arrived at a demarcation line. From that fence, I could see a tiny portion of 700 acres of cherry orchards before it extended over hills and was lost from my view. While the fences were impassable an ordinary gate fastener made it easy for me to enter the paddock.
Soon I arrived back at the river edge; in the photo above the river was flowing on the other side of the prominent evergreen tree. After walking a short while, I rested in the deep shadows of a giant wattle tree for a lunch break and enjoyed the smooth rush of the water.
This was the property of Reid’s Fruits. The Reid’s family’s website proudly announces they grow ‘undoubtedly the best Tasmanian cherries!’ What I saw were trees still dormant, others beginning to bud and a few showing their first blossom. It will be near Christmas and into the New Year before the bountiful harvests reach our tables and make it overseas.
Blog reader Ma reminded me of the Flax Lily, a native plant well known to indigenous Australians – the Tasmanian Flax Lily is the Dianella tasmanica. The purple flower petals spread around glowing yellow stamens and are very distinctive when you come across them in the bush. The resulting fruit are glossy purple berries. The photos below come from https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2009/dianella-tasmanica.html
Apparently the berries of mainland Australia’s varieties are edible and taste something like grapes, and can be made into jam. When walking, I have simply admired their colourful occasional presence in native bushland whenever I have seen them.
Tasmania has an additional plant with brilliant purple berries. It is the Billardiera Longiflora otherwise known as the Mountain Blue Berry or Mountain Berry. The photo below is taken from http://www.wildseedtasmania.com.au/climber.php
The same site indicates these berries are edible. I have passed these berries many times when walking in the bush but I have never picked or eaten any. I rather like the idea of leaving the bush as I find it.