There was so much to see on our latest nature walk that I have to split the post into two. While the previous one was about the animals we saw, this post is about the plants we saw. More specifically, the spring flowers.
3. Plum blossom
4. Cherry blossom
I've also been confused for a long time between cherry blossoms and plum blossoms, as both flowers look very similar and they blossom at the same time. Luckily I'm not the only one to have asked this question so someone very knowledgeable in this area has pointed out a good way to distinguish between the two: check whether the petals have a split end. The one with the split end is the cherry blossom, the one without is the plum blossom.
5. Blackthorn flowers
This is another to add to the overall confusion. Its flowers look exactly the same as that of the plum blossom. So how does one distinguish between the two? The plum tree has been in my back garden for years, so I've seen its fruit and therefore knew for sure that it is a plum tree. Also, the plum tree is a tree, while the Blackthorn is a shrub, which is revealed by the shape of the full-sized plant.
For the blackthorn flower, we were at first also confusing it with the Hawthorn flower (which again looks almost identical to the Blackthorn flower). Fortunately, we are again not the first to be confused by this, so here is a good explanation that helped us with identifying the flowers.
7. Lesser Celandine
10. Common Field-speedwell
11. Garden Grape-Hyacinth
12. Greater Periwinkle
We also saw a few types of flowers that are not strictly spring flowers, as we see them all through the summer and autumn as well:
1. Common daisy
Since the spring blossoms last only for a very short time, we collected a few of them from our garden and pressed them in the flower press that I've been meaning to use for years. We'll check the press in a few weeks' time to see how our collection turns out.
This post is linked up to:
- Nature Study Monday: It's March! NSM! Link Up!
- Hip Homeschool Hop - 3/25/14
- Entertaining and Educational - Science of Light
- Collage Friday - Great Homeschool Convention Recap
- Weekly Wrap-up: The One with the Crazy March Snow
- Country Kids from Combe Mil: Hunting for Frogspawn & Finding So Much More
- The Homeschool Mother's Journal (3/29/14)
- Science Sunday: Science Activities for Kids