May Flowers

Time to forget about politics tonight and think about something more uplifting: flowers and blossoms.

The blossoms pass so quickly. Cherries are already forming on the tree that was a froth of white only a month ago. The blossom petals were shaken by the winds, carpeting the grass like confetti.

The grass, lazy and dormant in the winter sprang to life, revealing itself as a country meadow of buttercups and daisies.

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My neighbour Carol’s lilac tree overhangs the pavement in a vibrant burst.

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Walking in the park on Sunday, there was a horse chestnut tree with pink candelabrum. The wind made them dance and difficult to photograph, a perennial problem I find with spring flowers that biob and weave in front of the lens.

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Ceanothus, in all the hues of blue to purple thrust out of urban gardens into the street.

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And above them all, the statue of the cat on the gable on the block of flats overlooks the coming and goings.

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11 thoughts on “May Flowers

  1. Beautiful blossoms and certainly more uplifting than politics! Thank you for these cheery shots to brighten up the post election gloom! I stood admiring a wonderful bluebell wood today on my way home from a weekend in Sussex…dappled sunlight and heady fragrance was very good for the soul!

    • I have missed a bluebell walk this spring. One of the hazards of living in London and working at the weekend. I have seen bluebell woods as I have driven by, and there are lots of clumps even here in the City, but there is nothing quite like that spreading expanse under the trees. Glad you got the chance to enjoy it.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I took a few pics today too. Out on the bike earlier riding lanes frothing with cow parsley and saw the first ox-eye daisies – one of my favourite flowers.

    • It’s amazing every year how spring renews itself and fills the world with colour and life. Did you vote for a favourite wild flower in the poll?

    • They are everywhere at the minute. I saw what seemed to be a tree with both purple and white blossoms, but looking closer, found two trunks side by side, their branches mingling.

  3. Love your photos. I am deeply envious of the lilac. The honey fungus in my garden strikes randomly at shrubs, and this spring the lilac is dead. After a massively prolific blossoming last May it flowered again in the autumn, and I said then: you stupid plant, don’t you know what time of year it is? Now I suspect it was a desperate final flourish against the attacking fungus. But my ceanothus, under which rests my beloved Muffin, is covered in beautiful blue flowers.

    • Thanks Allegra. Hvaing made us drool with her lilac, Carol’s roses are now giving us pleasure. The lilac in our garden has not flowered at all. I do love that deep deep blue ceanothus.

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