These pictures were taken on the way to my daughter's school. We are very lucky to live within easy walking distance of school, and also to be able to make most of the journey on footpaths through greenspaces rather than along roads. The housing development we live on was built on farmland and many of the old hedges that bordered the fields have been untouched. Wild fruit trees punctuate the hedges; hard little green apples, damsons and bullaces. There are also elders, hawthorn, blackthorn bushes and blackberries.
The pictures here show blackthorn blossoms. I love blossom that appears before the leaves so that you get a really intense dose of the flowers. In the Autumn there will be sloes where the flowers were. I've never collected sloes to make sloe gin preferring the lazier route of making damson gin with a tray of damsons from the farm shop. One day I'll get round to it.
The pictures below are either a wild apple or a bullace, I'll know for sure in September.
It isn't just beautiful blossoms we see on our school run, we see many different birds too. This morning we saw goldfinches and a blackcap. On other days we have seen long-tailed tits, green woodpeckers, bullfinches, wrens, redwings, a heron and all the usual garden birds. Once we came upon a sparrowhawk on the path enjoying a breakfast sparrow.
The grass that tree stands in will be covered with buttercups and daisies later as long as the council aren't too enthusiastic with their mowing. I wish they'd spend more time picking litter than mowing and cutting back the elders.