Friday, 14 March 2014


After showing Prunus cerasifera in my last post, I thought that I would show the blossom of blackthorn Prunus spinosa for comparison. I think you can see the creamier tone of the flowers, which is accentuated by the almost yellowish buds, golden anthers and complete absence of pink in the middle of the flower. The whole bush is stiffer and more angular, as well as being noticeably spiny, and the clusters of flowers are more separate. It's just coming into flower in sheltered areas around Peterborough, whereas Prunus cerasifera is starting to go over.

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