I’ve been keeping a close eye on the hawthorn for the past few days, because there was a mass of tightly furled white buds all over the tree:
Finally, yesterday, the first blossom unfurled.
I think this was the first time I had really realised that unlike blackthorn blossom, the center of the flowers is more green than yellow, and the anthers are pink, where on blackthorn, again, they are yellow.
The effect is more subtle, somehow, but very pretty. In a few days, if we have some warmer weather again, the whole tree will be a mass of white blossom, but for the moment there is just a slight haze. Beautiful.
On the park side, it is now impossible to get anywhere near my tree, the stand of willows and lone birch is now thick with brambles and alexanders. If you squint, you can just make out its shape against the house wall.
I’m still fascinated by the fact that we don’t seem to get cow parsely on the Island, not this far from the mainland anyway, but Alexanders are everywhere – including in my garden, which I don’t actually mind in certain places, as they flowers are beautiful. More green than white, but very spring-like, for all that.
I thought you might be interested to see the effect of the extra shelter my hawthorn gets from the house wall, it has lots of blossom out, but just 100 yards away, outside a neighbour’s house, is another hawthorn with no sign of blossom at all as yet.
You can see how the tree has been sculpted by the wind, though even this is a good 3 foot taller than those that stand on the cliff tops, they never grow to more than 6 foot, and are even more dramatically sculpted. Of course this tree is also shaped by the hand of man, in this case D, my neighbor. It might not have any blossom yet, but this doesn’t bother the blackbirds!
Hmmm, I’m just wondering whether actually D pruned all the potential blossom off last year, although I am sure it flowers on new wood, I have small shoots coming out of the trunk that weren’t there last year and they have flower buds…
So that’s my hawthorn in May, I’m off to check out what is happening to other people’s trees, lots of people are tree-following this year, and their posts give a fascinating window onto a wide variety of arboreal elegance, I thoroughly recommend visiting Lucy’s blog and checking some of the posts out.