Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blackthorn North Fife

I know it's spring when Blackthorn blossom is on show, along with Cherry plum it is the first to show. If the weather is warm enough for germinating insects there will be a good harvest of Sloe Berries.
Blackthorn hedging (Prunus spinosa) is the perfect barrier for keeping wandering pets or unwanted visitors at bay due to its dark strong thorns and prickly appearance. Hugely attractive to birds and wildlife, the Blackthorn hedge produces beautiful white flowers in the early spring, followed by Sloe berries that ripen to a deep purple in autumn.

Here in the hedge rows by the roadside emerging from the winter dormancy clumps of Blackthorn stand out.

Amazing profusion.

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