In April Spring is in the air
But in May Spring is on the ground
And May is also on my bookshelves too, with the first of the recently found plates out of the cupboard plus fresh flowers. The tiny Narcissus are late flowering from the garden. The tulips have been cut from two pots of tulips bought from the boot sale on Saturday. Instead of buying bulbs to plant in Autumn I'll plant these pots "in the green" instead. They were £2 each which I thought seemed quite a good buy. Quite late flowering too.
(the small pot is the final something for the plant stand)
If months were colours then surely May would be green as it always seems to me to be the month when everything becomes bright fresh green - in so many shades.
The best known country saying for the month, although no one has ever decided for definite if it means May the month or May the flower of the hawthorn is..................
Ne'er cast a clout 'til May is out.
So keep your woolly vest on for a while longer!
Most old sayings prefer a wet and cold month, we need the wet bit - especially for the farmers fields but a bit of warmth would be good too.................
May damp and cool fills the barns and wine vats
Water in May is bread all the year
A cold May is kindly,
And fills the barn nicely.
A wet May
Makes a big load of hay.
In the middle of May comes the tail of the winter
And a warning for shepherds
Shear your sheep in May,
And shear them all away.
Although we have had a very dry April and lots of sunshine there have been some very chilly nights here and I was sad to find the growing tip of my young fig has been nipped off, luckily there are new shoots further down. The Hydrangeas have also been caught but they are not my favourite things here anyway. How do I make this garden less of a frost pocket? that is the question.