April 16, 2014

Blackthorn

The Blackthorn has been in its full glory in the hedgerows and water meadows behind my house for a couple of weeks now, and with the bright blue skies, it is looking so beautiful.


I have blogged about my blackthorn love before, but every year it is such a welcome sight - incongruously delicate blossoms unfurling on the brutish spikey branches - marking the transition from winter to spring for me. I love the unexpected contrasts of delicacy and starkness, winter and spring, darkness against the pale blooms. And without any leaves it almost looks like a flurry of snow has dusted the hedgerows, it is all just such an unexpected combination, and every year I love it all over again!






I have made jewellery incorporating blackthorn leaves, in fact they were one of my earliest designs.


but those delicate, five petalled blooms are really calling my name, especially perched as they are on the spikey twigs...






It will be an interesting challenge to capture that delicacy in metal! But, ohmygoodness, aren't they beautiful?

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. Lots to be found alongside the gorse up in Scotland last week. Can't wait to see what you come up with in silver... Ax

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  2. The blackthorn is so beautiful this year loads of blossom, can we hope for loads of sloes.

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  3. I have seen them all over the area I live but never knew their name! They are so lovely! I love the bracelet, too.

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  4. I took a lot of snaps of the Blackthorn yesterday. It really does look beautiful against a backdrop of blue sky.
    Leannex

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  5. Oh yes! One of my favourites, we have been very lucky with the blossoms this year haven't we? I never get tired of blue skies and blossom!
    Katie

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  6. They certainly are. As you know I also love blackthorn, and I'm blessed to live where there is an abundance of it :)

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  7. It seems to be a bumper year for blossom. I'm sure you'll create something equally beautiful!

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  8. I love looking out for blackthorn every year & your images are gorgeous.

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