The best thing that you can do for nature is too make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘
I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.
Hawthorn of a pink hue,
My dad wouldn’t let us bring hawthorn flowers into the house, he said it was unlucky.
Its a superstition that is rooted into a time when people were more in touch with their senses, than we are today, I don’t imagine many of us would recognise the scent of trimethylamine?
‘In Britain it was believed that bringing hawthorn blossom into the house would be followed by illness and death, and in Medieval times it was said that hawthorn blossom smelled like the Great Plague. Botanists later learned that the chemical trimethylamine in hawthorn blossom is also one of the first chemicals formed in decaying animal tissue, so it is not surprising that hawthorn flowers are associated with death.’