Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

Meet the autumn olive. It’s got a rather melodious Latin name, the Elaeagnus umbellata. Also known by other pretty names such as the Japanese silverberry, autumn elaeagnus or spreading oleander, it’s a small tree indigenous to eastern Asia. Today, it can still be found from the Himalayas to Japan, as well as in North America, into which…

Daffodils (Narcissus sp.)

When I was in England, I knew daffodils for always being the first flowers to emerge from under the snow. Planted in nice neat rows along fences and hedges, they were a welcome sight after a long cold winter- which was certainly very pretty as well, especially with frosted spiderwebs draped in the nooks and…

Crabapples I (Malus sp.)

Spring is in the air when the crabapples start blooming. In North America, they soften the urban landscape, waving their delicate petals alongside the cherries. It’s easy to get the two confused, but cherries have distinct horizontal markings on their trunks, whilst crabapples don’t. Another feature found only in cherries is a distinct notch at…