PLANT OF THE WEEK.
CRATAEGUS MONOGYNA HAWTHORN/MAY TREE I must sing a song of praise about the May tree this week.
Our native hawthorn can be found in hedgerows the length and breadth of Britain.
The arrival of blossoms signals the start of summer.
It is one of the most valuable species for wildlife - its thorny dense nature makes it the perfect safe nesting area for birds who can then feast on the bountiful haws in autumn.
The flowers and foliage support over 300 species of insects.
It can be planted in just about any soil in any aspect including seaside locations - though it doesn't like to be heavily waterlogged or in dense shade.
There are also pretty cultivars available as small
specimen trees for the garden such as Paul's Scarlet.