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bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237257 Andy Hamilton
Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:47 am

Looks like it could be a bad year for blackberries- , it was my plan to make 20l of blackberry wine this year, ah well.
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237259 Odsox
Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:58 am

Not down here I'm pleased to say, all the hedges are smothered in bloom at the moment.
Provided that we get decent weather when they ripen, it should be a bumper year thanks to the cool wet late spring/early summer.

There, I KNEW there was a reason for all that crap weather. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237261 wabbit955
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:22 am

lots here in essex to even a few ripe ones

see lots in peterbrough last week to
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237262 snapdragon
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:25 am

railway embankment looks pretty well full of them - but I must go and have a closer check, and also check out the apple tree that sits on the railway line too (tresspassing ? moi?).

otoh the cherry-plum has had another bumper year and bigger than last years - if anyone wants any you may come and scrump to your hearts delight they're ready Now !!
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237272 Andy Hamilton
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:35 am

Cool and your in wiltshire, not far.... hmm. cherry plum wine.
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237276 red
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:19 pm

it's going to be a bumper blackberry year for us .. loads of green ones set here already
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237285 snapdragon
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:23 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:Cool and your in wiltshire, not far.... hmm. cherry plum wine.

east wilts so not near as a near thing unfortunately, but you'd be welcome :thumbright:
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237304 MuddyWitch
Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:19 pm

Loads here in Leicestershire too

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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237355 Millymollymandy
Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:15 pm

They don't have a problem flowering in droughts - the problem in dry weather is the tiny not very juicy fruit. Last year was terrible and this year will probably be even worse.

I don't care though as I now have cultivated blackberries which are already producing and should produce masses by next year for jelly although I guess I won't be able to call it 'bramble' jelly any more! :lol:
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237699 that_sarah_girl
Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:50 pm

I don't know what this dry spell is that everyone keeps talking about....North-West England has had plenty of (too much in my opinion!) rain!
I've seen tonnes of blackberry bushes already with lots of little green blackberries on :icon_smile:

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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237707 MuddyWitch
Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:54 pm

Methinks you lot in the NW have had our share of rain too. We are begining to suspect there's a roof over the East Mids!

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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237714 Shirley
Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:56 pm

definitely had plenty rain here in Manchester and I saw some blackberries that were starting to ripen when I was walking home the other day.
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Re: bad year for blackberries?

Post: #237938 wabbit955
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:44 pm

yepo black berries very early picked 2 kg yeserday
yummy
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