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sarahloo



Joined: 01 Jun 2007
Posts: 125
Location: Reading, Berkshire
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 09 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A few ripe ones here too. Going out with a tub tomorrow...

PeteS



Joined: 06 Dec 2006
Posts: 874
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 09 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It always seems to be a good year for blackberries but I am not too keen on them. Went out and picked a tub of bilberries today - now that is something I really do like.

While out I also noticed (unlike last year) loads of sloe berries. Of course they were not ripe yet. There are also huge amounts of crab apples (not quite ripe) and rowan berries (some trees ripe).

AnnaD



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
Posts: 2777
Location: Edinburgh
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 09 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I also noticed the large amount of sloes. A nice change from last year certainly. I'll have to see if the bilberries in our area are out yet.

lettucewoman



Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 7834
Location: Tiptoe in the Forest!!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 09 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

first blackberry eaten off a wild bush on tuesday seems v early but we are as far south as you can get...

mind you the whole year seems wierd...it feels like late august here, dry yellow grass, dusty looking trees, harvesting...blackies, hazelnuts...very odd.

Truffle



Joined: 07 Feb 2006
Posts: 526

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 09 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

yummersetter wrote:
our wild blackberries are only flowering now, but the tayberries, sunberries and loganberries are having a great crop, I wonder if that's what you're seeing, something like that gone feral or crossed?

Its an Oregon thornless- I believe. The tayberriers have been fruiting heavily for about a 3 weeks

otatop



Joined: 01 Jun 2005
Posts: 1425
Location: North London
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 09 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Blackberries on my west facing fence are ripening as I look at them, but this is a fairly new plant, so not a huge crop. The more established Oregan Thornless on the south facing fence has masses of fruit, but I don't anticipate ripe fruit for a little while yet. The loganberries and currants are finished now - great crops from all. It's been a great year for soft fruit.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 09 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Picked the first blackberries during the really dry spell three or four weeks back. Now that its rained the rest of them are taking their time a bit; often you find that dry weather makes them fruit earlier.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7006
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 20 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Our first bramble/blackberry and rosehip forage today.
Most are not yet ripe, but we found a stretch to get 700g of berries and 200g of hips.

We are very envious of others already picking!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12246

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 20 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We do tend to be quite a bit earlier here in the south, but for some reason cultivated blackberries get sent from Scotland down here. Can't think why people buy them when they are there for the picking. I managed to get a good sized punnet full from the woods yesterday, and still more to come. Must try to get out in the garden this evening and pick. With all the uncertainty with the political situation, it makes me feel better to have food, whatever it is, stored away.

Must also have a go at converting a full bag of last years blackberries into seedless jam as soon as I get the time.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 38523
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 20 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the dead walk, old thread

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7006
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 20 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Old thread but valid...no point having two talking about blackberries
The East does grow good fruit..and is earlier than us on the West coast.
I hope that they haven't sustained too much damage in the storms.....bad enough being short of pickers

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 38523
Location: yes
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 20 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

very good year on my semi domesticated one, the wild ones not so good but better than some years

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12246

PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 20 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Gz, is that because on the whole they get more sun? As the west tends to be milder that seems a bit odd. I am picking from our garden blackberries virtually every night, so we are having blackberries frequently as sweet, and freezing a lot too.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7006
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 20 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think it must be..not that it was just recently
We are usually the wet and windy west coast
Today we are well over 25C

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 38523
Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 20 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

1.5 to 3 ratio of grade A+ to grade A was rather nice this tea time

the grade A went in the port tub, this year it has top end fruit rather than the B- stuff last year

the G1+ are on a tray freezing, like all the others

some got eaten and a few are awaiting eating

a very good year, i might have chosen pruning, feeding and watering for fruit but i half suspect the guano of the bird crew has made a change to how our garden grows

garden is pushing it a bit, small strip of messy bramble(i did just trim it a little)might be more accurate)
the snaps in wildlife show the reality of the rather tight layout

do not be scared to take the secateurs to bramble, nor to train it with good wires

re good wires, overengineer big style, i thought i had with 500lb bs stainless but a good crop is very heavy and wobbles in wind and can stretch that sort of thing:roll:

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