/ Sloes - hardly any to pick
This year, that same blackthorn tree has not a single sloe on it, nor have any of the trees / bushes near it.
Is this "climate change" or just purely that the weather was bad at the time that blackthorn was in flower?
Probably just the weather this year, I reckon
Hence this year I've made a rumtopf instead of sloe gin. And I have to say, I'm a convert!
Interesting, I hadn't even thought of that.
But the fruit tree in the photo from last year does not even have a single fruit on it, it's not that it only has a few, it's completely bare.
same round here, last year nearly filled a 20l rucksack full of sloes in an afternoon, this year aint seen any....
looks like a barren year next year for the sloe gin....
Strangely enough blackberries have had a really good crop this year where I am, was still picking them out of the hedge last week.
Drop down our way, there are still a few hundred kilograms of them on the bushes round here along with wild plums (bullace) and every cross in between. Sloe gin here we come, or rather Bullace Gin as I'm lazy and needed to pick and prick less fruit for a very similar effect.
Seems very regional as where we picked loads last year there were not many at all this year.
I have had a small amount of success with stuff in pots, but a lot of gardeners have complained about poor crops.
You will likely have seen the news reports about potato crops failing this year, same thing. Just potatoes in large quantities make headlines, your sloe gin is not quite as newsworthy ;)
If you speak to farmers this winter, I bet they will all be complaining that it is a hard winter for them, as grass has been poor, which will mean poor silage, and hay-making has been non-existent.
And the news reporters and our government are telling us we are out of the recession!! This next winter and year is going to be tough!!
our Damson trees haven't had anything to show this year, however thats not unusual as we sometimes get a dry year every so often and the last crop was bumper one. The bees haven't been as active either. we had a lot of rain in the pollinating period iirc.
Got enough sloes here in the Midlands for a few bottles, nothing spectacular this year though. The blackberry harvest has been bumper though.
Is there anything you can do with sloes apart from sloe gin?
I don't own the orchard by the way, I'm just lucky enough to work in an amazing place..... :-)
Really? You're not far from me, and the hedgerows between Honiley and Kenilworth are loaded. I picked a kilo or so recently and have my sloe gin happily mellowing :)
Doesn't seem to apply to sloes - we rarely get frosts here and they normally thrive. I go along with the'naff weather at pollination time' theory.
comparing sloes from last year they are half the size this season, still got a enough for a couple of bottles of though.
found some sloe gin that I stashed from 3 years ago, its like rocket fuel now!
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