Headed out on a mission yesterday afternoon – to track down some May blossom. Common hawthorn is also known as the May Tree and is so called after the month in which it flowers. A British native hedgerow species, its fragrant blossoms traditionally feature in May Day festivals.
The May Tree
“Spring goeth all in white,
Crowned with milk-white May.”
~ Robert Bridges from Spring Goeth in May
The phrase “Ne’er cast a clout till May is out” is believed to refer to the blooming of the blossom although it can be interpreted as being the month of May.
And “April showers bring forth May flowers” can also refer to the blossom or the month – hard to decide which.
It is certainly present in abundance around here!
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Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. This week shows photos taken between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm (1400 – 1500).
If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world between 14:00 – 15:00 this week. I hope you’ll join in! See links above for more details.