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Rosaceae in the Rain

May 6, 2010

A late Crabapple (Malus Cv)

We’ve been having a cold, rainy and windy week. Not the best conditions for writing the ‘look what’s blooming already’ posts I promised. I started to take pictures of blooming fruit trees, planning to post pictures of Rosaceae (Rose family) blooms. But then wind and rain ruined those flowers, anda ‘look what’s not blooming any more’ post just doesn’t feel right.

Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) - the flowers only opened a couple of days ago, and are already almost completely ruined by the weather.

So now you get the later-blooming Rosaceae instead. The pictures weren’t easy to take, with the flowers looking rather bedraggled and being moved about by the wind, and me coming home late these days when the light is weak… I hope you appreciate the effort.

Van Houtte Spiraea* (Spiraea x vanhouttei)

And it is an effort, after 9.5 hours of work and dealing with stupid customers, every day this week. Stupid bloody Mother’s Day.**

Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)

I even managed to get a picture of a rose for this Rosaceae post. And not even one of the horrifying amounts of cutflowers the lady-boss brought into the shop today, but the first freshly-opened, still crumpled-looking bloom in a hedge of chlorotic, badly-pruned Rugosa Roses.

Rugosa Rose, Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa)

The Cotoneasters are just beginning to bloom, but I couldn’t get pictures of them – too far away and too dark already.

I did, however, get pictures of one of my favourites, hawthorn, even if only one of them turned out useable.

Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

Hawthorn makes me happy. Partly by reminding me of long, lonely forest- wanderings that I now wish I had time for, and partly by reminding my of my one trip to England (where I wish I could go again), of seeing it blooming all over the pretty spring-green countryside from the bus window, partly through sheer prettiness, with those fresh green leaves and the small white flowers – both modest and cheerful – and the berries in autumn, and partly, just right now, by appearing utterly unbothered by the rain and wind.


*If anyone’s reading the comments, you’ll notice there I had some nomenclatural mess-up going on there. Writing this post after a long hard day, I just looked at the Wikipedia article about the genus Spiraea to confirm the botanical name, and assumed the entire genus was called ‘Meadowsweet’ in English (it isn’t in German, which made me hesitate, but I was just too tired to double-check.)

**Nothing against Mother’s Day as such, or against mothers, but I hate all these gift-giving cults anyway, and even more so now that I have to deal with customers instead of just hiding away among the plants.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2010 04:57

    Meadowsweet is something completely different for us. I love reading what you guys call things, half the time its something completely different for us. I also love the picture of the Rowan, they’re such a great tree!

  2. May 7, 2010 07:08

    Might just be that I was too lazy to check if that species was called Meadowsweet, too. Or too tired, really. 9.5 hours of work every day is not fun.
    Rowans are one of my favourite trees, too – so cheerful.

  3. May 11, 2010 05:09

    Haha I didn’t mean to say you weren’t calling it the right thing, I just thought it was fun that you called something meadow sweet that isn’t what I’m used to (We call Filipendula meadowsweet).

    One of my friends just had a baby that she named Rowan so now I’m trying to find a baby one in my yard so I can give it to her to grow up with the baby.

  4. May 11, 2010 20:47

    Meadowsweet was Filipendula for me, too. But I vaguely knew Filipendula used to be included in Spiraea, so it sort of made sense. But only sort of. 😉


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