In a Vase on Monday: Sloe Fizz

The Blackthorn (Sloe) in our hedges is not quite open yet, but any day now the tiny white flowers will unfold and light up the hedgerows far and wide. In the meantime I brought a few branches indoors that had broken off or been partly severed by heavy snow in the winter. I was lucky, and most of them turned out to be still alive and opened within just a couple of days.

I really like the fizzy flowers close up. And they really do ‘fizz’!

The birds love this shrub, as it provides safe refuge from birds of prey. However, I have also seen shrikes in it (alongside the robinia) … the huge thorns are used to pierce their prey. Fortunately I have never seen this process up close!

This is defintely another shrub that could be forced even earlier in the year, so I must remember that for future winters.

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again for her Monday meme, where we share things from our gardens in a vase each week. Do go over to visit her site, and maybe you’ll want to join in!

Have a great week!

39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Sloe Fizz

  1. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 😉
    I did the same with broken dogwood and redbud branches recently, why waste a perfectly good opportunity for indoor beauty? 🙂

    • It really does brighten up the countryside when they flower, usually accompanied by the odd wild cherry, as there is still no foliage on the trees and hedgerow shrubs.

  2. Oh these are so lovely….like a profusion of fluffy white yet each blossom unique like a snowflake. The bees must be intoxicated when they open.

  3. I always find it remarkable that tiny buds in a cut stem can spring to life like that! (I guess that statement’s an unintended pun 😉 The blackthorn’s flowers are especially pretty.

    • It is a wonder that branches can be forced to bloom, isn’t it! I once had willow catkins open in a vase after cutting branches from a tree that had been blown down in a storm several weeks earlier.

  4. I see what you mean about them fizzing, Cathy! You must be really pleased that they opened after you had brought them in. The hedges round here are frothy and white too, with cherry plum (or wild plum, I am never very sure) as much as the blackthorn. Interesting fact about the shrikes, who sound a very enterprising species, although like you I would rather not witness their skill

  5. So pretty, Cathy and what a joyful breath of spring. I have not seen or heard of blackthorn, it reminds me of hawthorn. We have shrikes here that impale giant grasshoppers on thorny palm trees – the grasshoppers are poisonous unless dried out, smart shrikes. I have not seen this but have seen the grasshoppers in the palms.

  6. They look so refreshingly cheerful, Cathy! Are they scented at all?
    They certainly look like they would bring lots of spring indoors!
    Have a lovely week!

    • Hi Amy! Yes, they have a light fragrance if warmed by the sun. They are a lovely substitute for cherry to bring indoors, as the wild cherry are all too tall to reach!

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  8. The Sloe blossom is out here in the hedgerows and a lovely addition to the season. Even the dandelions are just perfect. With the way you have arranged the stems one can admire also their dark stems and form. Bringing a little of the wild into the home is something lovely to do appreciating the beauty of nature.

  9. These are great, love the backdrop of the white walls, and how the flowers pop out against them, seeming to grow into the photo, even though they are in vases. They are excellent, kudos to you for growing them and your photos are great.

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