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Fabulous blackthorn facts
*Cascades of white flowers which emerge before the leaves in March and April help to distinguish it from hawthorn
*The oval blue-black fruits (“sloes”) have a powdery surface bloom and an extremely bitter taste and are great for flavouring Gin
*This is the ancestor of our cultivated plums
*Straight blackthorn stems were traditionally used to make walking sticks and shillelaghs (a club-like weapon) in Ireland
*Blackthorn has around 109 species of insect associated with it
*Blackthorn in bloom is considered a symbol of life and death together as the flowers appear when the stems are bare
*Nightingales favour dense thickets of blackthorn for nesting
*It was believed that to bring blackthorn into the home meant certain a death would follow
*In ancient times sloes were buried in straw-lined pits and left for a few months to ripen and make them sweeter. A pit full of sloe stones was found at a Neolithic lake village in Glastonbury
*The spell of bad weather that often coincides with blackthorn flowering is known as a ‘blackthorn winter’


May Avatar – This, That, and the Other Thing

Tuesday Afternoon


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  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesor4 months ago

    Amazing!! :)

  • Thanks Keith

    – Yampimon

  • lezvee
    lezvee4 months ago

    This is absolutely beautiful – a fantastic macro. Thank you for all those interesting facts.

  • Thanks Lezvee, I took this on a stroll along a local lane, making the most of the sunshine.

    – Yampimon

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaine4 months ago

    May Avatar Challenge

  • Thank you very much Mary

    – Yampimon

  • barnsis
    barnsis4 months ago

  • Thank you very much for the Feature

    – Yampimon

  • owlspook
    owlspook3 months ago

    ah spring …. (big smile)

  • Come autumn this tree will be a mass of Sloes then it will be time to say ‘ah gin’

    – Yampimon

  • owlspook
    owlspook3 months ago

    sloe gin eh … don’t remind me … a very very very very long time ago in my youthful ignorance I imbibed way to much of this elixir … I’ve avoided it ever since then …. (ouch)

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