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  • n. Plural form of hawthorn.


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  • In the woods atop old hazels under a thinning canopy of ash, along the lime avenue where high branches spread into the crowns, in gardens where hawthorns overhang the unworked edges? here are the robins.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • Ash trees in Sullens Wood are the latest to break into leaf, and hawthorns are already laden with may as the last cherry petals drift to the ground.

    Country Diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • Cloud shadows scud across the splashy and drier ground where prehistoric circles, tumuli, cairns and reaves subside into the rough vegetation and where attention focuses on the few gnarled and wind-pruned hawthorns.

    Country diary: North Hill, Cornwall

  • We went up between gnarled hawthorns sporting blossom that helped somewhat to brighten the landscape and then we came to the stone slabs that ease the ascent to the pass called Bwlch Tyddiad.

    Country diary: Southern Snowdonia

  • The paths are narrow and you often have to duck to avoid being scratched by overhanging hawthorns or blackthorns.

    A life less ordinary: Tobias Jones

  • There are still some fat, red berries among the hawthorns, though, and blackthorn bushes have their own blue-black berries known as sloes, which make delicious sloe gin.

    Plantwatch: Traveller's joy and old man's beard herald Father Christmas

  • And it has been a fantastic year for fruits, with hawthorns, hollies and blackthorn producing terrific crops of berries.

    Plantwatch: Autumn arrives with brilliant colour and a bumper crop of berries

  •            Larger than the sedans their fathers drove to work, its grille was black, its nose flat and wide, mottled gray under oaks and hawthorns.

    Trust Walk

  • The other half of the way, the first half as you head south from here, is more open, shaded in spots at ten in the morning by free-standing ashes, thin lines of young hawthorns, aspens, and birches no bigger around than my wrist, and the occasional tall-growing sumacs.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Try to resist this description: The medlar, which resembles a russeted crabapple with an open blossom end, is a pome fruit, kin to apples and pears, and most closely related to hawthorns.

    Lunch Room Chatter: Produce is not downloadable


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