What’s flowering now: early May
Ealing is particularly beautiful in April and May. Many of the roads and parks near me are lined with white and pink blossom trees. On a sunny day you can stand under them and hear the hum of bees high above, and spot dark shapes flitting between the flowers. As the petals fall they become colourful confetti for the pavement, swirling gently in the wind.
Ealing also has many horse chestnut trees, which are now covered with white candles of flowers. These are popular with honey bees.
Though from a distance horse chestnut flowers appear white, they have a touch of yellow within when their flowers are un-pollinated and excreting nectar. After a horse chestnut flower has been pollinated, the yellow blotch turns a red/pink magenta to let pollinators know. Additionally after pollination the flower has a change in scent that bees pick up, so that they avoidwasting their time visiting that flower. Have a look next time you’re under ahorse chestnut.
Image courtesy of adventuresinbeeland.com