more or less the same

blackthorn blossom

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.

white spring blossom

And I think these must be some kind of wild cherry, as I remember seeing cherry-like fruit on the trees last year.

white spring blossom

But although I can count petals and can see that different flowers have longer or shorter stamens,

white spring blossom

and I can see that some have darker anthers, while others are more of a yellow or orange,

white spring blossom

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.

white spring blossom

Or perhaps not quite all, as even I can tell that this one is somewhat different. I think it’s probably a camellia.

white camelia

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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