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Hawthorn blossom

paintist says:

is this the 'cast not a clout till may is out' flower?

24th Apr 2006, 13:15

Euphro says:

It is indeed :D

24th Apr 2006, 14:10

paintist says:

so which clouts are you going to be casting?....I for one am keeping my clouts firmly on, its still quite chilly :-)

24th Apr 2006, 14:18

Euphro says:

I always remember the dabate being over whether you cast your clouts once the May blossom appeared, or once the month of May was over. The latter sounds much more sensible. I did go into Cambridge without a coat today :D

24th Apr 2006, 14:19

Euphro says:

It's an old word for clothing, cognate with 'cloth' :D

24th Apr 2006, 15:38

tim(timbo-dot-xyz-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Hi - been googling for hawthorn blossom, and came across yr page. I have never seen so much hawthorn blossom as this year. Any idea if/why this should be right?

3rd May 2006, 20:58

Euphro (NLI) says:

I can only assume that the relatively cold winter and late spring has something to do with it. All of the spring flowers and blossoms have been compressed into a much shorter period than normal.

4th May 2006, 09:44

GregErin says:

Aren't Hawthorn trees the prickly ones?

4th May 2006, 09:46

Euphro says:

Hawthorn do have thorns, although they are not particularly fierce :)

4th May 2006, 09:59

GregErin says:

There are hawthorns here that are reddish and quite stabby. They look nice, but will leave you requiring a blood transfusion if you try to trim them.

4th May 2006, 10:01

Euphro says:

There is a pink version over here too (var rosea), but I think the one you mention may be Crataegus coccinea, which is a red-flowering North American species. Apparently, North America is where hawthorns have their greatest diversity :)

4th May 2006, 10:14

GregErin says:

Too bad all of the diversity here is in the flora and fauna.

4th May 2006, 10:15

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4th May 2006, 10:48

Logan says:

hawthorn blossom which in past years was white is pink this year. Why might that be?

15th Jun 2006, 21:54

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