27 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Food for Birds – Haws a Plenty

    • 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.

    • 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.

  1. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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! 🙂

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