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.
Australian Rural-lit and historical fiction author and artist Ryn Shell.