Sloe blossom

The small black sharp flavoured fruits of the Sloe, Prunus spinosa, are famously used to flavour gin.  Sloe or blackthorn are common throughout the UK, often in hedgerows or forming inpenetrable spiky thickets.  In April and May, before their leaves appear, they are covered in the most profuse blizzards of white or creamy blossom.  On a warm sunny day, the scent from these  flower laden shrubs is an amazing rich heavy almond.