Blossom in Stroud Green

Amelanchier Lamarckii

It was my birthday on April 1st (no joke!) and as it was a sunny day I took myself off to snap photos of the lovely blossom around Stroud Green. The first tree I snapped was the one above.  The Amelanchier is also known as Snowy Mespilus because of its delicate snow-white blossom.  There are a group of them on the space in front of Vagabond Cafe on Stroud Green Road. Blooming only for  a week, they always burst forth on my birthday. Another name for this beautiful tree is the Juneberry tree because of the small blue-black berries which fruit in June.  They are edible and apparently taste rather like blueberries although I’ve never tried them. I have one in my garden and I can time the ripening of the berries as enthusiastic wood pigeons rustle and flap among the branches as they munch their dinner. The tree has all year round beauty – in autumn the leaves turn a rich dark red colour.

My blossom tour included Stapleton Hall Road and Mount View Road.  Walking up Stapleton Hall Road a woman stopped me to complement me on my bright pink fleece.  Arriving on Mount View Road two Portuguese women getting into their car stopped to chat and we got into a conversation about Easter traditions in Portugal where they scatter blossoms on the doorsteps.  I continued on my way and as their car passed me the driver rolled down her window and gave me a medallion of the Virgin Mary which she had blessed for me.  Hmm! But still, both encounters show how friendly people are round here.

Flowering cherry
Damson blossom along the Gospel Oak-Barking railway at the bottom of my garden. Mmm damson jam in autumn!
Photinia hedge – known as Red Robin because of its glossy red leaves in spring. Blossom is fairly insignificant but it’s a popular hedge in Stroud Green.
Camellia shrub in bud – the colour of my fleece!
A beauty of a camellia against a corner wall
Chaenomeles or ornamental quince – grown for its flowers rather than its fruit
Spring flowering clematis
Virburnum tinus – early flowering virburnum
A very neatly pruned forsythia – mostly they tend to straggle
Magnificent magnolia
And lastly my own fluorescent rhodie – rather early this year




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