That blue wren in my garden has his eye on my goji berries. That gave me an excellent opportunity to grab the camera and snap him. I sketched him in the studio onto a canvas. Today, I completed painting him in acrylics and sent a high-resolution image of him to Fine Art America, where he is now available as art cards, museum quality prints, apparel, and decor.
The superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), also known as the superb blue-wren or colloquially as the blue wren, has been voted as Australia's most loved bird
A short video, above, of Ryn Shell working on this blue wren painting.
Lycium bartarum - Goji Berries
Small Goji red berries grow on what is best described as a 'vine-shrub.' Increased volumes and larger berries are produced each year. Plants take up to five years to reach maturity.
Sweet, delicious flavoured berries are delicious, eaten straight from the vine. They may be dried for year-round use. These berries are great for snacks, used in salads, added to stews or baked goods.
Nutrients in Goji Berries
Goji berries are a very rich source of vitamin C. They are also a superb source of vitamin A, and have vitamins B1, B2, B6, E and are a famous antioxidant.
There have been many wonderful things written about Goji Berries, much of it is true.
Unfortunately, because the fruit of the Gobi Berry is a great healthy product, the fraud merchants use it to make false claims of everything from cancer cure to easy weight loss. The only truth in these allegations is that optimum nutrition benefits both health and metabolism but even here, fresh picked sun ripened fruit off your bush/vine, will be richer in antioxidants and vitamins that a foreign imported, highly processed or dried product.
Fresh is best, and in many areas of Australia, it will be so easy to grow your own, Goji Berri.
Described as a mix between a cherry and a cranberry, I could not resist buying one today, from Garden Express at 470 Monbulk – Silvan Road, Monbulk, Victoria, 3793.
I saw first hand how the Garden Express staff, carefully packing the mail orders, I saw the healthy plants ready for direct sale or transport, and they were all of a consistent quality.
I arrived home with my 140 cm pot bush/vine, Goji berry plant and got to work immediately planting it. Our ground has been freshly soaked with rain, and I brought my plant home, dug the roadside bank, beside the oat crop stubble paddock and planted my Goji Berry and under a poplar tree where it gets morning and afternoon sun but not the midday heat. I will be around to water it through summer; these are drought hardy once established.
Because of some exaggerated claims made by some dodgy overseas marketers, promoting dried Goji berries as a magic weight loss elixir or cancer treatment, over the internet, I am happy to put a link here to the genuine product available from a company I have always felt confident that I can buy healthy plants from. Garden Express is a company well known as experts in the delivery of live plants ordered over the internet and by mail order.
Note: - I was not paid a fee for this endorsement.
I have not been paid a fee for making this recommendation of a product; I am doing this because I would love to see this healthy berry become a more commonly grown and eaten plant. Berries are nature’s most superb dessert.
Australian Rural-lit novels by author and artist, Ryn Shell