Blackthorn in Blossom

Blackthorn Blossoms
Proverb from The Carmina Gadelica vol. II

‘Is fearr an druise na ’n draighionn, Is fearr an draighionn na ’n donas.

‘Am fear a readhadh ’s an druise domh, Readbainn ’s an draighionn da.’

Better the bramble than the blackthorn, Better the black-thorn than the devil.

He who would go in the bramble for me, I would go in the thorn for him.

The sun finally showed his golden face and the rain god finally took a break from his work. I had some errands to run and decided to stop by and visit the blackthorn hedges while I was out. They are in full bloom covered in snowy white flowers whose petals float to the ground like snow.

Blackthorn with budding leaves Blackthorn

Flowering Blackthorn Tree

It’s only been four months since the Blackthorn hedges lost their leaves and now they’re back already! It looks like we won’t have a Blackthorn winter this year – so much of the greenmantle has already returned. I saw a few trimmed twigs lying around beneath the hedges covered in thorns. I’ll have to come back with my shears and some tobacco.

The Blackthorn wood I cut in winter should almost be ready to debark and carve. I’ll need to do a test to make sure the wood doesn’t crack when I remove the bark. If it doesn’t, then I have plenty of Blackthorn wands to carve for the shamanic conference and the gathering in May.

We are the Sacred Three
From the Tribe of Lunantishee
Guardians of the Blackthorn Tree
The Mother of the Wood!

Cross not our spiked hedge, we warn,
We can slay by the prick of thorn
Death comes with the flesh we’ve torn,
The Warden of the Wood!

The tree of Druid, Witch, and Mages
Offers wisdom through the ages
Ancient lore of Faerie Sages
The Crone of the Wood!

~ Susa Morgan Black

Some blackthorn links for the curious:

Blackthorn blossoms


6 Responses to “Blackthorn in Blossom”

  1. Does blackthorn grow wild up here? I don’t believe I’ve ever come across one

  2. Raven says:

    Beautiful posting, and beautiful trees! The Blackthorn is one of my favourite woods.

  3. Rachel says:

    LOVE the photos! I can’t even imagine living somewhere where winter lasts less than seven months!!!

  4. judith says:

    Beautiful photos :-)

    I have a packet of Blackthorn seeds from the UK experiencing Winter in my fridge and hope to have tiny trees in the future…..

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