festival of spring #9

I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season and share something that is happening in or around my neighbourhood each week.

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. Whether May refers to (the end of) the month or the May blossom (Hawthorn), the old saying means don’t take your warm clothes off until the May blossom is out (or the month ends) because cold weather can return during the spring months.

Common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) 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. Flowers are highly scented, white or occasionally pink with five petals, and grow in flat-topped clusters. Apparently the young leaves, flower buds and young flowers are all edible. They can be added to green salads and grated root salads. The developing flower buds are particularly good.

Pink Hawthorn

Hawthorn was never brought into the home. It was believed that bringing hawthorn blossom inside would be followed by illness and death.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Such gorgeous blossoms and interesting suspicions.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are a lot of old wives rales concerning wildflowers! This one relates to its smell.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Plenty of old wives tales about the native flora.

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Very pretty, the pigeons always attack the pink one in my neighbour’s garden. They strip it of buds.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They obviously know that it is edible! Such a shame though as the pink one is gorgeous.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Pigeons do seem to be a pest where buds are concerned.

  3. Sadje says:

    So beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing

    1. Heyjude says:

      My pleasure Sadje 💕

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  4. restlessjo says:

    There’s nothing common about it, is there? It’s lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do like the dark pink varieties.

  5. margaret21 says:

    Whatever the May blossom says, I ain’t casting any clouts any time soon. I always used to think my birthday, two thirds of the way through May, was a good time to consider shedding winter clothing. But not this year. Lovely photos, by the way.

    1. Heyjude says:

      People in St Ives on Wednesday were in shorts and skimpy tops and sunbathing. The sun was hot despite the temperature only being mid teens, but a nip in the wind. My face got slightly sunburnt!

      1. margaret21 says:

        So happy for you, she said through gritted teeth ….

  6. beetleypete says:

    I like the pink blossom. Can’t recall seeing that aroundhere, only white.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      White’s good. The pink isn’t from around here, but in Somerset. Ludlow had pink and white in the country lanes.

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    The white reminds me of the hedge at the bottom of our previous garden and I’ve found a self-sown one in the garden here. (Needs to be moved though.) Maybe I’m being a little ungrateful in wishing that it had been one of the dark pink ones… 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hawthorn is very much appreciated by the birds. I’d be happy to have it as a hedge, but don’t need to as there is plenty in the lanes around here.

  8. The pink one is specially pretty.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is rather beautiful. Any blossom is appreciated though.

  9. pommepal says:

    Hawthorn always makes me think of spring in UK, lovely photos

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