Only kidding , my apple trees looked like this last week.
But I do have apple blossom in my vase because when I pruned the trees a few weeks ago, I saved some branches and now I have snow white blossom opening up.
Actually , they look like the ghosts of apple blossom.
Of course the whole point of apple blossom is that it is supposed to be pink like in this picture by Martin Johnson Heade. And if it is set off by a humming bird so much the better. But we have to wait until April for pink blossom and there’s no chance of humming birds in Suffolk. But we should have lots of bees and maybe some Brimstone butterflies by then.
Monet once painted a picture of white apple blossom so he must have done what I did and brought it in to open up inside. Ribes sanguineum, pink Flowering Currant does the same thing by the way.
It does look a bit washed out I’m afraid. Some of my apple trees are very old and gnarled and covered with lichen. I quite like the elephant grey bark and lichen against the white of the flowers.
You notice I cunningly slipped in another snowdrop there. I know there are some bloggers out there who don’t get them, so I slip them in when you aren’t paying attention. I am not quite as fanatical as my friend Christine who is well known amongst Suffolk gardeners for her devotion to snowdrops. Every season she has different snowdrops painted on her nails. Now that’s what you call galanthophilia. These aren’t just any old generic snowdrops they are all named varieties.
Snowdrops and bleached apple blossom are all very well, but what we are starved of at the moment is colour. My vase offering today, is rather white and all ‘alone and palely loitering’ like Keats’s knight- at -arms. You remember the poem ‘La belle Dame sans Merci’?
‘Oh what can ail thee knight- at- arms alone and palely loitering.
The sedge has withered from the lake
And no birds sing’.
It’s been a bit like that round here lately. Except without the knight -at -arms obviously. I’m the one who has been ‘palely loitering’. The snow has gone but we still have ice and withered sedge.
So this week I am going to stretch Cathy’s meme a bit to include ‘In a Greenhouse on Monday’ because that is where the colour is. And I am sick of a monochrome world. My greenhouse is an oasis of scent and colour and I have been so glad to have somewhere to retreat to escape from the Beast from the East.
So with thanks to Cathy at ramblinginthegarden for hosting the popular meme and my apologies for bending the rules.