Blackthorn

by Adrian Morris April. 24, 2021 239 views

This beautiful hedgerow shrub is very common around where we live. It has a profusion of small white flowers which begin to open in March. The flowers are very similar to those of the hawthorn but unlike those of the hawthorn they emerge before the leaves.

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Gethin Thomas 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I didn't realise how beautiful they are up close. Great photo.

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Adrian Morris Replied to Gethin Thomas 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Gethin. Since I joined this photoblog I'm seeing a lot of things around me that I hadn't noticed before.

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Camellia Staab 5 months ago

Excellent captures Adrian, but I must add that I had to look up blackthorn because they look so much like cherry blossoms (which we have in our yard---seen with the bluebird in my recent post) I did learn that there is actually a very slight difference between the two, but to the novice eye (me), they look the same.

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Adrian Morris Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months ago

Thanks for  you kind comments. 
My problem was distinguishing between blackthorn and hawthorn as they grow side by side in some hedgerows. I found out that blackthorn flowers before hawthorn and that the flowers come out before the leaves. In England, blackthorn is in decline by the end of April whereas hawthorn is just begining to blossom. It reaches its peak in May. That is why its alternative name is "May Blossom". It's all fascinating to an old man like me!

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Adrian Morris 3 months, 3 weeks ago

And blackthorn produces sloe berries if you want to pep up your gin. They look like miniature plums. smile

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Adrian Morris Replied to Gethin Thomas 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oddly enough, despite all the blackthorns around where I live I've never noticed the fruit. Hope to get pictures later this year. And, by the way, I'm not very fond of gin smile

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Benny Law 5 months, 1 week ago

#1 is outstanding, Adrian. I love the light, colours, clarity, ... just very pleasant to the eye. Great job.

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Adrian Morris Replied to Benny Law 5 months ago

Many thanks, Benny. Much appreciated.

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Joe Zink 5 months, 1 week ago

#1 is nicely done!

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Adrian Morris Replied to Joe Zink 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Joe.

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