Thursday, May 22, 2014

May Flowers

 April is always so full of promise but it is hard to be patient for things to really and truly start blooming.  Thank goodness for the bulbs like daffodils and tulips, but it is in May that the shrubs and perennials suddenly burst out with flowers.  Above is a lovely pale pink weigela that just started to bloom.
 And the peonies..... We wait literally for weeks as the buds swell just a little bit more each day for those gorgeous flowers to burst into bloom. 
 And then there are the irises. 
But it isn't just the garden flowers that are bursting into bloom.  The wild Rosa nutkana are starting to bloom and in the woods is this lovely hawthorn tree.  I'm not sure what variety it actually is.  It isn't quite like the English hawthorn that has seeded itself all over the place and is also in bloom.  It's more delicate and taller, but it also doesn't quite fit the description of native hawthorns that I've found.  It may well be a cross with an English hawthorn.  Whatever it is, it is so lovely in its woodland glade.


  1. Nice to see you pop up on my side bar. What a lovely rose on your header - I can almost smell it.
    Hope that you and Joel and Siri are all well and that the garden is flourishing.

    1. I think of you, Weaver, whenever I post. The island is covered with tht wild rose, Rosa nutkana. Both the flowers and the foliage are fragrant so as soon as the leaves start to open everywhere is permeated with its incredible wild rose scent. They can be a real weed, coming up everywhere, but I forgive them for the fragrance.

  2. Oh how I love the spring flowers and the spring woods. I am so anxious every year for the wild roses to start blooming - ahh heaven.