When I bought the house, the garden was quite well stocked with flowers. Clearly the previous owner had been a keen flower gardener and had put a lot of time and effort into it. Not being a flower person, I can't fully appreciate it, but they do look pretty. My views on plants are that, ideally, they should do a bit more than look pretty. For the time being I have plenty of other things to think about inside the house, so the garden is getting by with mostly just looking pretty. Actually it is looking pretty neglected, but there are flowers.
I have mentioned before that I have a book called 'A Taste Of The Unexpected'. In it there is information on a variety of unusual plants. But I guess on some level I always knew that people in South America ate vegetables, so it is not all that unexpected. What was really unexpected, was that fuchsias produce fruit. Now I know that we've all got to breed, and fruit is how plants do it, so I shouldn't be surprised. But the fact that it produces a fruit worth talking about, did catch me out. I had always assumed that it was just another empty vessel. All show and nothing more.
The fuchsia berries were sweet and delicate in flavor, with a texture a bit like a grape and a taste that reminded me of pomegranate, although it didn't seem to remind anyone else. I guess I will just have to wait until next summer to get another opinion.