Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Day

Happy May Day!

The weather has picked up again today - so far! - and the flowers are enjoying the sunshine so I thought you might enjoy seeing them too.


This little pot of violas was free from our garden centre and they are doing so well!  I have a theory about plants, they don't like being sold!  We always do so well with free plants, much more so than ones we have bought.  These violas are proof of that!!



The tulips are finally out!  Well, these ones anyway, the others don't seem to have any buds and look a bit munched on.  I am blaming the squirrel although I don't suppose it was him.  Probably some bug or other.  Anyway, these look great don't they!!


We have no need to go hunting bluebell woods.  We have loads of them right here in our garden!  They look so pretty right now and seem to be blooming more than ever this year.  This makes me very happy!!!


I never pick bluebells though.  Even though these are in our garden.  When I was a child I picked on once and got into so much trouble I would never dare pick another one in my life!!

They are actually protected and you are not supposed to dig up true English Bluebells.

 

This bed looks OK right now with the wallflowers flowering, but it is soon going to need some new plants.

So that is what is blooming here for May Day!  I hope that you have a great day and that the sun shines on you.

Unlike the weather we had a couple of days ago when this came down.


This is hail.  Giant hail!



My "seasonal cactus" doesn't seem to mind though.  It is flowering again.  Again!!!!  I think it chooses its own seasons although with the way the weather is so up and down perhaps it is just really confused...  I am!


Hope you have a great day whatever you are doing!!

Amy

28 comments:

  1. Happy May Day. The tulips are a lovely splash of colour. The ones I planted in containers aren't flowering yet but the ones in the ground have been blooming for a couple of weeks.

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  2. I had to smile at your story about picking a bluebell, we have the same reason for not picking trilliums in Ontario.
    Nice to have an overview of your gardens and see what is blooming, my tulips should open by next week.
    Happy May Day Amy.

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  3. Hope you have a wonderful day too. So far, we have been blessed with a beautiful day let us hope that things are indeed getting better.

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  4. Happy May Day to you, Amy! Your garden is looking loved and vibrant.

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  5. Happy May Day, Amy. We had that giant hail too - weird isn't it? Your garden is looking lovely - I love the colour of those tulips and your free violas are gorgeous. Enjoy the Bank Holiday. xx

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  6. Oh my goodness look at all that hail! I am loving your beautiful flowers, thank goodness they weren't all broken off in that hail storm.
    Happy May Day!
    Meredith

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  7. The Violas are just beautiful. The weather for this time of year is very random :)

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  8. The Violas are my favorite shade of lavender. Someday I'm going to have a garden that's planted in all white and lavender plants

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  9. Happy May Day! Those violas are so sweet. We just flew home last night from Texas so I'm busy unpacking and laundering etc. etc.

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  10. Violas are beautiful plants, I have a couple planted in pots in my garden. They didn't come free though unfortunately! Your garden is looking lovely. xx

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  11. Hail! At this time of year! Amazing. Happy May Day.
    Amalia
    xo

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  12. Beautiful May Day flowers! But then hail...oh my!

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  13. Pretty tulips. We are lucky enough to have bluebells in our garden too and it makes me hapy everything I spot them from the window.
    Lisa x

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  14. Happy May Day to you too, Amy -- I love this post. :) Beautiful violas, tulips, and bluebells. Your garden is lovely and thank you for sharing! It's raining and very dismal here in North Carolina today. We're getting ready to travel for a few days, and I hope to join "Five on Friday" again when we get back. I want to visit more people at the party this time. :)

    Have a good day!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  15. You always have such lovely flowers-thanks for sharing with us.
    Happy May Day

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  16. Those violas are a beautiful colour and so pretty. They're a cheerful sight as are all the other Spring flowers that are braving the hail showers.

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  17. Beautiful flowers!

    Happy May Day! It brings to mind images of bright flowers and of Maypole dances (we used to have them at school back in the 'old days' lol). Sadly not much sun or flowers here in Michigan. It's cold and dreary. Mum must have sent some of her weather over here as she said it had been chilly and dreary her way.

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  18. Lovely! Happy May Day, your garden flowers look so pretty especially the blue bells:)

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  19. Happy May Day Amy! Love your bluebells. I have a small plant of bluebells (Virginia, not English) that should be blooming this month. I'm glad you're getting sunshine, we're still not rid of cold and wet here. Your violas look amazing in that beautiful pot! I can't wait to be able to share some flowers from my own garden. Have a wonderful week ahead.

    Wendy

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  20. So pretty in the sun. I hope it's back again tomorrow. x

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  21. Dear Amy
    It's all looking lovely. I do like this time of year, despite the odd (and cold) weather.
    Happy May Day to you as well.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  22. Lovely garden photos, but your bluebells look like Spanish ones which is what we can 'only' buy here. I'm sure you could pick one or two from your own garden as they shouldn't be allowed to cross pollinte with your native ones, as they have a dominant gene (or so I believe!). Have a good week and take care.

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  23. Happy May Day, sweet friend! Your beautiful photos are perfect for welcoming in May :) Such lovely flowers, dear Amy.

    Hugs and joy to you!

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  24. Happy May Day, Amy! I pick the bluebells in my garden - such pretty flowers indoor or out. The pot of violas is so pretty and healthy looking. Have a good week!

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  25. Your flowers are gorgeous! Glad they are ok after that hail!

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  26. Our garden is springing into life too. Have a great week. Jo x

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  27. I love seeing tulips! Some of mine aren't going to bloom- I think a rabbit chewed them off. I wanted to put some bluebells in my garden that I saw in a catalog but I didn't know which variety to get. I didn't know they were protected in England. Smart idea though since people don't believe that they're doing any harm by digging them up in the countryside. Those violas are a beautiful color. I know what you mean about getting plants for free- seems like they thrive better! My cactus is blooming too and seems to have it's own schedule. It looks like the same color as yours. (Happy belated May Day!).

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  28. Your garden looks very calm, pretty and well organised Amy. Really lovely, particular the bowl of violas, really lovely X

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