Wordless Wednesday – Food for Birds – Haws a Plenty November 12, 2014 / Julie Hawthorn Berries (Crataegeus monogyna) A Bedfordshire Bumper Crop Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Around here, the Hedgerows are literally dripping with Haws this year, although I read Janet’s post and there were only a few left on her Hawthorn Tree.
So pretty. Love the colour.
Me too, I don’t feel guilty picking them when there are so many and planning to make some Hawthorn Jelly.
Beautiful photo. Yes, the birds will love those berries and the jelly is delicious too.
The hedgerows on my daily dog walk are laden with Hips and Haws this year, I was tempted to make some Hawthorn Schnapps too. 😉
I think the squirrels had all mine.
Oh no! I felt like that with the Blackberrys this year, news reports of bumper crops and either tiny sour bullets or nothing at all here.
I do covet a hawthorne tree for my garden. Sigh.
We planted one as a garden tree two years ago and are rewarded with beautiful blossom and Autumn berries, its tough as old boots, likes any aspect and even part shade. I recommend one Jason.
I see the Hawthorn is in your garden, and not in the hedgerows. I did wonder! Their berries are so plentiful and colourful in the countryside. What does Hawthorne jelly taste like?
Oh no, I have a Hawthorn tree in my garden but that photograph was taken along the Hedgerows here, where they are so plentiful this year. Hawthorn Jelly is quite a gentle and grown up flavour, not sweet, good with a creamy cheese.
Mmm! Sounds lovely! Must try it!
Beautiful clusters of red.
I hope they are not a sign of a harsh winter!
I have also planting shrubs and plants that will provide berries to get my birds through the winter; I am hoping I have planned well enough for this year.
Hi Charlie, that sounds really rewarding, do you expect a harsh winter? We planted Rowan, Hawthorn, Chanticleer Pears and 3 Apple Trees a couple of years ago and added a new John Downie crab apple last week. I need more berried shrubs though. If I could plant more Hawthorn I would, its a great tree or hedge for foraging and sheltering, plus the berries of course.
The hedgerows are full of haws here as well. I love Hawthorns all year round, the lovely fresh green of the early leaves, the blossom and now the haws. The ones across the road from my house are always full of squabbling sparrows. I’v e never heard of hawthorn Nelly though.
I am glad you have lots of Haws too, I was beginning to think it was just here. Making the Jelly is one of those time consuming jobs and a little fiddly to clean up the berries, but I quite like being productive with foraged/scrumped fruits, it makes up for the rubbish carrots I grow.
Such a pretty sight. We have a native hawthorn here (Southern US) called Mayhaw, Crataegus opaca, which is also used to make jelly, but the fruits ripen in early summer.
That was not a Plant I knew, so looked it up Marion, I think your Mayhaw berries are naturally better for jelly than ours. This Hawthorn flowers in May – its common name is May Flower and yours I see in March, that must be a very pretty sight early in the year.
Lovely berries, just when I’m feeling the lack in my own garden and surroundings! (I think maybe we’ve too many birds!)
Yes there is a dividing line between providing shrubs and trees for birds and then how much they strip a plant before you’ve finished enjoying it. At least your birds are happy! 🙂
What a joyous picture. Looks like a Christmas garland!
I had thought just that too Cynthia 🙂
Enchanting colours, I love this ! What a lovely inspiration before the season of Advent ! 🙂
Thank you, I appreciate your kind words, we have been very fortunate and our hedgerows are brimming with berries this Autumn.