They say May is the month of flowers, and the May flowers here have been magnificent! The cooler and wetter days have contributed to this abundance. How many flowers have you seen? Let's list some of them--
Crocus and daffodils, and the yellow forsythia. And tulips, tulips, tulips!
Then come magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods, and the perfume of the flowering crabapple trees. Japan has cherry blossom season, and what can compare to all the flowering trees in full display?
Bushes are blooming, too--the weeping cherry, the Chinese Almond, the frothy white sprays of the spirea also called bridal veil. And the lilacs, white or lilac...
The cheerful faces of pansies in window boxes!
Beneath the flowering bushes and trees, the subtle flowers of the spring ephemerals--bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, and lady's slipper and trilliums, hyacinths and bleeding hearts, columbines and bluebells.
White hawthorne flowers, blue cornflowers and delphiniums, pink foxgloves and poppies, red shoots of peonies...unfurling leaves of lily of the valley, tiny white flowers and perfume in the warming air...
Now comes the indigo, the astonishing purple of the iris flowers, and the opening buds of the peonies.
And on the green lawns, and everywhere, violets and dandelions!
What flowers have I missed? What are your favorites?