Last week spring announced its appearance in Belgrade with the annual Forsythia bloom. The Forsythia is genius of 11 species of the Olive Family (Oleaceae) and this species, F. europaea, is the only species native to south eastern Europe. It is found throughout Belgrade in parks and gardens. My new apartments have several, as seen above and the one below.
I first blogged about these my first year in Belgrade, and this year it seems to have bloomed a bit earlier than in previous years. It may be because of the mild winter and warm spring we are experiencing.
I don’t know why the common name caught on. Forsythia is difficult to pronounce and it is named after a Scottish botanist. William Forsythia, who was a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society, which does much to promote parks and gardens.