Pollination perfection and ‘The Gin Shrub’

Book club is upon us so we delve deep into the world of pollination with a fantastic book by ecologist Professor Jeff Ollerton. After that, Ellie takes a sip of our homemade Sloe Gin while Ben waxes lyrical about the fantastic (if thorny) shrub Prunus spinosa, otherwise known as the Blackthorn.

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Sightings

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/long-tailed-tit/

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Blackthorn

Prunus spinosa|blackthorn/RHS Gardening

Prunus spinosa L. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science

BRC – Database of Insects and their Food Plants

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) (plantlife.org.uk)

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) – British Trees – Woodland Trust

Prunus-spinosa-in-Europe-distribution-habitat-usage-and-threats.pdf (researchgate.net)

Prunus spinosa – Trees and Shrubs Online

Prunus spinosa | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Flowering Phenology, Flower Colour and Mode of Reproduction of Prunus spinosa L. (Blackthorn); Crataegus monogyna Jacq. (Hawthorn); Rosa canina L. (Dog Rose); and Rubus fruticosus L. (Bramble) in Oxfordshire, England on JSTOR

Prunus spinosa ‘Rosea’ – Larch Cottage Nurseries

Prunus spinosa ‘Plena’ (bluebellnursery.com)

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