Saturday 31 March 2012: Blackthorn blossom
Best to *go large*
The blossom appears before the leaves. The first blossom to be seen in hedgerows at this time of year. Blackthorn supports 153 species of wildlife, moths especially. If you have a garden hedge/fence, plant it, birds love nesting in it's secure branches of prickles. The bitter fruits it produces are round blue-black berries known as sloes, and are used to make sloe gin. It was believed that Christ's Crown of Thorns was made from Blackthorn.
Larry on top form
Dullsville today, so I began to despair about blip... but managed to find the blackthorn blossom winking at me in the back hedge... all fine after that! ;-) xxx