Spring Equinox 2023

blackthorn 1

blackthorn 2

Delicate white blossoms
Cluster around dark needles -
Blackthorn in flower.

It’s the Spring Equinox, when day and night are of equal length.  A celebration of balance, of light and dark, inner and outer, of female and male.

I’ve written about the flowering stems of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).  Hidden by the small, dainty white flowers are sharp needle-like thorns on dark branches: light and dark, beauty and armour.  This small native tree has far-reaching roots which produce many suckers creating impenetrable wide thickets, a natural guardian tree from which we learn to respect boundaries.

I give thanks to Mother Earth: in my hands, my heart, and my mind, are all the elements of the Universe.



47 thoughts on “Spring Equinox 2023

  1. Thank you, Ashley, for the magnificent tribute to Mother Nature, a constant source of wonder! I also have hawthorn and many other plants flowering, and I love Equinox, a true harbinger of spring…
    Thank you for the pictures! Seeing is believing!


    1. Thank you, Joanna, for your lovely comment. I also love spring but then along comes another season and I love it too! 🌸🌷🙋‍♂️

  2. As a biologist I always think about the fact that we humans and plants like the blackthorn are both living things and share the same DNA, the only difference being the arrangement of the DNA. Your tissue, my tissue, and the blackthorn’s tissue are made-up of the same elements of the universe! That never ceases to amaze me. I always get pleasure from seeing and reading your beautiful haiga and haibun, which I’ll call haigabun. Thanks, Ashleaf-sama!

    1. Thank you, my hokku friend, hokku brother. Like you, I’m amazed by all the elements of the universe and it’s that magic mix that means every thing is also unique! WOW! 😊🙋‍♂️

    1. Dear Marina, thank you. Yes! So much of what we see impacts our well-being, if only we would take the time to look and be! 🌸🌷🙋‍♂️

  3. I love this time of year when the blackthorn blossom is out. I remember it in the Glens of Antrim and wish I was over there to see it!
    Yet again, I’d forgotten it was the equinox until you reminded us, although we are noticing the extra daylight and watching the path of the setting sun as it moves slowly towards the west.

    1. I think you will have to find a calendar with the seasonal dates in bold! 🤗 Travel these days, especially across the St. Georges channel has become so expensive. It has certainly caused us to think again. 🌸🌷🙋‍♂️

  4. Hi Ashley, Wonderful tribute to the equinox and the blackthorn. I am unfamiliar with that plant so I appreciate the new knowledge! Have a good day.

    1. This is a wonderful benediction to my day, Ashley! “I give thanks to Mother Earth: in my hands, my heart, and my mind, are all the elements of the Universe.”

      1. Dear Rebecca, thank you! It is lovely to hear from you. I’m just happy to assist Mother Earth. 🌸🌷🙋‍♂️

  5. So beautifully written. I am with you being grateful for Mother Nature, giving thanks and cherishing what she gives us daily. Have a lovely Spring!

    1. Of course, even in my tiny garden things are beginning to blossom. As the days lengthen there is more light, and more heat and we will hopefully spend more time outside. Thank you for your visit. 🌸🌷🙋‍♂️

    1. Dear Migy, thank you. The blackthorn blossoms are very small and like your plum blossoms they don’t last very long but they are all so beautiful. 🌸🌷🙋‍♂️

    1. They only last for a few days and then they’re gone on the breeze. That particular tree I passed on one of my morning walks, but the blackthorn in the hedge in my tiny back garden has still to flower, so we can look forward to more soon.
      PS. It’s great news about the turtles. Amazing work by all those involved. Can we do better next time? 🤗🌸🐢🐢🐢💓🙋‍♂️

    1. Oh dear, hopefully, it won’t be long before they appear. Here, last night was cold enough for a frost, so there was some ice on the car windows but now, at 11.00 am it is all gone. Thank you for visiting my blog 😊🌹🙋‍♂️

  6. Such A sweat and nice post dear friend! It was really nice experience to read your post and I’m really so happy to read your tribute to Equinox and the Blackthorn! Great😊👍👏👏

  7. This post is a beautiful way welcome 🙏 spring! Mother Nature is a gift to all of us and should never be taken for granted. Wish we had hawthorns in our yard because they are so pretty when they flower. Thanks for sharing! 🌸🌼🦋

    1. Thank you, Jennifer, for your wonderful comments. Mother Nature is all around us and within us, we are made of the same things.🤗🙋‍♂️

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