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.