April showers didn’t happen this year. In fact, although the expression goes back centuries (some say to Chaucer), we often find that April is a dry month. This year it was exceptionally dry, which has set back the blossom a good few weeks. The first hawthorn flowers are beginning to open this week, in the blustery rains of May, and the first apple blossom too.
Thank you to David for this beautiful photograph of a crab apple at the burial ground planted as a memorial tree, the tender pink set against the wild dark grey of rain clouds. You can see the wild service tree in the background coming into leaf too – that elegant tall straight tree, too seldom seen now in our countryside.