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Botanical Zero to Hero!

Difficult to believe maybe, but a few weeks ago we were still in the midst of the chilly late winter. Dr M was blogging flowering Blackthorn because it’s beautiful and he loves it, but also because there was little else to see then!  How different now! The sun has come out, the temperatures warmed, the scent of long unused barbecues fills the air and there are
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White flowered trees in the hedgerow 1: Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

A real favourite of Dr M, and a sure sign that spring is with us, is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa.  Its pure white blossoms emerge before the leaves and so are set against the very dark, leafless, spiny twigs, surely one of nature’s simplest, coolest and mouth watering colour combinations.


Spring Whitlow Grass

One of the first botanical signs of Spring is the aptly named Spring Whitlow Grass  (Erophila verna) (except it is NOT a grass, not even remotely!).  It’s a very common plant in urban habitats such as pavements, the base of walls and bare disturbed ground but it can be so tiny you might miss it!  Get up close and you meet a very pretty
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