flowers of May

flowers of May

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?


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  • Hard to pick a favorite. Tulips are gorgeous. Magnolia blossoms are dazzling. But how about the lovely dianthus blooms?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for reading, AW. Yes, dianthus are lovely, too! I love all the May flowers, really.

  • At least when summer hit, the grass was green.
    My favorite are the flowering crab trees, with lilacs second.
    It appears that the rabbits ate the daffodils I tried to grow years back. One day a shoot with leaves, and the next sharply cut off.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. I love the flowering crabapples! Even past their peak, the rain of fallen flowers is beautiful. And their fragrance is indescribable...

  • Thank you very much. I'm about to go out for the morning, and I'll be observing the flowers better now. I've enjoyed the tulips more than usual this year and find myself watching out for the remaining ones. I'd love to find irises and roses in my neighborhood, but I can't -- so far. TIme for a walk to find them, despite the heat.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you so much for reading. Yes, the tulips have been spectacular this year. I hope you find irises and roses!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    You're welcome, and thanks back to you. I did find some irises about to bloom -- I'll be looking for them (and at them) all week!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Oh how lovely are the iris flowers....

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