I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season and share something that is happening in or around my neighbourhood each week.
Common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is also known as the May Tree and is so called after the month in which it flowers. A British native hedgerow species, its fragrant blossoms traditionally feature in May Day festivals. Flowers are highly scented, white or occasionally pink with five petals, and grow in flat-topped clusters. Apparently the young leaves, flower buds and young flowers are all edible. They can be added to green salads and grated root salads. The developing flower buds are particularly good.
Hawthorn was never brought into the home. It was believed that bringing hawthorn blossom inside would be followed by illness and death.
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Such gorgeous blossoms and interesting suspicions.
There are a lot of old wives rales concerning wildflowers! This one relates to its smell.
Plenty of old wives tales about the native flora.
Very pretty, the pigeons always attack the pink one in my neighbour’s garden. They strip it of buds.
They obviously know that it is edible! Such a shame though as the pink one is gorgeous.
Pigeons do seem to be a pest where buds are concerned.
So beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing
My pleasure Sadje 💕
There’s nothing common about it, is there? It’s lovely!
I do like the dark pink varieties.
Whatever the May blossom says, I ain’t casting any clouts any time soon. I always used to think my birthday, two thirds of the way through May, was a good time to consider shedding winter clothing. But not this year. Lovely photos, by the way.
People in St Ives on Wednesday were in shorts and skimpy tops and sunbathing. The sun was hot despite the temperature only being mid teens, but a nip in the wind. My face got slightly sunburnt!
So happy for you, she said through gritted teeth ….
I like the pink blossom. Can’t recall seeing that aroundhere, only white.
Best wishes, Pete. x
White’s good. The pink isn’t from around here, but in Somerset. Ludlow had pink and white in the country lanes.
The white reminds me of the hedge at the bottom of our previous garden and I’ve found a self-sown one in the garden here. (Needs to be moved though.) Maybe I’m being a little ungrateful in wishing that it had been one of the dark pink ones… 🙂
Hawthorn is very much appreciated by the birds. I’d be happy to have it as a hedge, but don’t need to as there is plenty in the lanes around here.
The pink one is specially pretty.
It is rather beautiful. Any blossom is appreciated though.
Hawthorn always makes me think of spring in UK, lovely photos