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22/11/2013 at 17:42
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've made a pretty tasty Hawthorn wine from the berries in the past.  You can also use them in a Hedgerow jelly Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a recipe on the net. 

Clare is gorgeous

Have you tried it Dove? The Haws don't really taste of anything. I  was going to have a go but I couldn't see it tasting of much. Rowan on the other hand is pretty potent stuff. I made two lots of Rowan Jelly this year. I used Bramleys for the first batch and tiny apples for the second. I say tiny apples because although they're the size of crabs they actually taste really nice if you get sun ripened ones. I assume its a 'pippin' tree from the original owner in the 30+'s. Both batches tasted the same. 

Ginglygangly wrote (see)

I've heard that. Is it the leaves that are supposed to taste like that? Mum didn't have much use for the berries!

 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've made a pretty tasty Hawthorn wine from the berries in the past.  You can also use them in a Hedgerow jelly Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a recipe on the net. 

Clare is gorgeous

 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've made a pretty tasty Hawthorn wine from the berries in the past.  You can also use them in a Hedgerow jelly Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a recipe on the net. 

Clare is gorgeous

 

flowering rose wrote (see)

i have made jelly from different crabtrees and love the differant colours and varities.

Have you got a favourite? I didn't get home in time to get photos of the others but it's going to bright tomorrow so I'll do it then.

22/11/2013 at 20:29

Bit worried about the picture of John Downie. The fruit pictured in my book on Crab Apples shows it as a slightly more elongated shape and with yellow and red colouring. It is described as being orange with red cheeks in F.Fiala's book on flowering Crab apples.

Cannot find a picture of ours either.

Really nice one is M. Gorgeous. Tasted one at Sunall Hall, almost sweet enough to eat raw.

22/11/2013 at 20:43

Re hedgerow jelly - I made one which included hips, haws and crab apples as well as other hedgerow fruits years ago, when HFW was just a twinkle in his parents' eye - it was jolly tasty with hare and venison and similar dishes.  

22/11/2013 at 23:07

HFW, my partner has slightly different initials for him, but yes, you'd think he invented the stuff sometimes.

23/11/2013 at 13:18

Okay, got some more photos but it's hardly a clear day here, never mind.

Here's Golden Hornet 23/Nov/2013

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 It's laden with crabs considering it's only a maiden. I'm not sure if it's a keeper though since as you can see the crabs are already rotting. 

Golden Elf

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 This is a great Crab, the flowers are scented and the crabs smell of custard, that is, vanilla, again they're only a maiden so I'v not had enough to use but they've been hanging looking beautiful for weeks now, yellow, since September. I'm looking forward to making crabapple jelly from them. 

Evereste

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 This doesn't look anything like the photos, the crabs are the right size and shape but not the colour I was expecting. 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34395.jpg?width=350

 I haven't really given this a fair crack of the whip, I just stuck it in the hedge. But time will tell. 

Sorry about the typo earlier, Dolgo not Dogo. 

 

23/11/2013 at 16:46

My Red Sentinel is absolutely weighed down with apples this year, but Golden Hornet has done nothing - not a single apple on it. Anyone else had this problem? Both did really well last year.

23/11/2013 at 16:48
Katkin2 wrote (see)

My Red Sentinel is absolutely weighed down with apples this year, but Golden Hornet has done nothing - not a single apple on it. Anyone else had this problem? Both did really well last year.

 

Wow, that is odd. Anything special about where they are? Did the GH flower?

23/11/2013 at 17:00

I have a pretty wild area at the end of my garden furthest from the house. The two trees are side by side and were planted on the same day. I think that the GH had blossom. If it hadn't blossomed I am sure that it would have stuck in my mind, so I reckon it must have done. Perhaps the bees like the RS more  I would like to plant another, and would like one that the birds really love. Any suggestions?

23/11/2013 at 18:31

I think the birds are attracted by the colour as much as anything else. But out of my crabs with my limited experience the John Downie got most attention especially from the magpies. I was hoping other people would comment more on theirs. I was pleased to read about the Red Sentinel being loved by the thrushes. I've got a Cardinal Royal Rowan that gets stripped by the birds as soon as they're red. 

01/03/2014 at 11:48

Jelly King 

01/Mar/2014

 

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Red Sentinel 

01/Mar/2014

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 Golden Elf 

01/Mar/2014

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38591.jpg?width=350

 

 

 

05/06/2014 at 22:29

I have a young crab apple tree in my garden and the former tall upright branches have begun to hang, some of the leaves have black spots on them and some leaves seems to scrunch up. What's happening to my tree, is it sick? What can I do to help it? 

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