Thorn
 
 

Blackthorn flowers appear before the leaves and the Hawthorn leaves appear before the flowers.


In England, in May, you can't miss the Hawthorn. It is an extremely common tree in the English countryside, especially in hedges. Hawthorns are virtually synonymous with hedges. As many as 200,000 miles of Hawthorn hedge were planted in the Parliamentary Enclosure period, between 1750 and 1850. The name 'haw' derives from 'hage', the Old English for 'hedge'.
The tree gives its beautiful display of flowers in late April/early May. It is known as the May Tree and the blossom itself is called May. Source.



2020
 

12 May 2020

Mill Hill from the western towpath of the River Adur
The silver blossom the Hawthorn

Hawthorn, Downs Link (Mill Hill in the background)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
(Shakespeare's Sonnet 18)

4 May 2020

Hawthorn was splendidly in blossom, best seen from the western towpath north of Old Shoreham. I think the peak blossom is yet to show though.
 

23 April 2020

Hawthorn
Blackpatch Grove, Dovecote Estate, Shoreham-by-Sea
 

April showers bring forth May flowers.

 

22 April 2020

Hawthorn
Buckingham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea

19 April 2020
The first Hawthorn of the year flowered on the verges of the footpath section of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. 

The Blackthorn at the same location had disappeared reduced to a solitary flower.

 

19 March 2020

Blackthorn was flowering in the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham, one bush ahead of the rest.

18 March 2020

Blackthorn at Cuckoo's Corner

At Cuckoo's Corner, the Blackthorn bush was profusely in flower.

16 March 2020

Blackthorn
Mill Hill Copse


2019
 

April 2019

Hawthorn
Top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham

Blackthorn                                                 Hawthorn

22 April 2019

First Hawthorn
Buckingham Road, Shoreham

8 April 2019
Blackthorn dominated the white blossom plentiful in the hedgerows and amongst the scrub on the downs. Cherry Plum had virtually finished and so had the early Blackthorn, but Hawthorn was yet to flower in the wild.

Blackthorn

29 March 2019

Blackthorn

Blackthorn was in flower and Hawthorn was in leaf at Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
 

28 March 2019

Cherry Plum

Blackthorn was simultaneously in flower near the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
The sepals are reflexed (like in the Bulbous Buttercup) in Cherry Plum.

Blackthorn and Cherry Plum (differences)