It’s that time of year. The time when everything seems to be growing and all the trees and shrubs are coming into flower.
It’s all very well to walk round gasping at the inexpressible beauty of it all and taking photos to post on social media, but it’s very frustrating not to have any idea of what type of blossom any of it is.
I think I might be right in identifying blackthorn due to its utter exuberance.
And I think these must be some kind of wild cherry, as I remember seeing cherry-like fruit on the trees last year.
But although I can count petals and can see that different flowers have longer or shorter stamens,
and I can see that some have darker anthers, while others are more of a yellow or orange,
there are an awful lot of different trees with white blossom. It may just be simpler to settle for calling them all prunus, a label that even the blackthorn and cherry can share.
Or perhaps not quite all, as even I can tell that this one is somewhat different. I think it’s probably a camellia.