I've been meaning to write a post about spring for ages - but life never quite lets up for long enough! Anyway, it's been lovely here in Devon - cold breezes have not stopped the sun from bringing on all the blossom.
Today I found four different flowering trees all in the same family (Rosaceae) - all lovely in their own understated way.
Amelanchier in the garden. This tree was planted to commemorate my Dad, who died at this time of year. An airy and delicate small tree with attractive spring and autumn foliage.
Wild blackthorn. So-called because the blossom normally precedes the leaves on dark branches. Source of sloes for sloe gin or the blackbird's tea.
Plum blossom in our mini-orchard. A favourite decorative motif on Oriental ceramics, so doubly pleasing for me!
Wild bullace. This little plum is often mistaken for blackthorn, but the light and delicate branches are quite distinctive, and the flowers are not so thickly clustered.