White Magic

“On these debatable borders of the year, spring’s foot half falters;
Scarce she yet may know the leafless blackthorn blossom from the snow”

~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti


The delicate blossom of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) appear like a ghostly mist spreading across the still bare hedgerows.


“the hedge’s a bridal robe of white fragrance”

~ Thomas Hardy


 A symbol of fertility the blackthorn branches were burned and its ashes spread over the fields of our ancestors to ensure a profitable harvest.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    Ah, glorious….and even more glorious is the fruit of the blackthorn in gin!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Is that sloe gin then?

      1. Sue says:

        How ever in this wide world did you guess, Jude! 😳

    1. Heyjude says:

      Seems to be everywhere this year!

  2. What a pretty post- words and blossom!

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    As though a spring snowstorm hit only way, way better. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, yes, much better! And warmer!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Hahaha looks like a good crop for some Christmas supplies then!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly I won’t be around when the fruit appears 😦

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Well that must mean an adventure of some sort so no 😦 !

  5. How gorgeous. It makes me look forward to spring in the southern hemisphere!

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