May in April


I can't remember the May blossom being so early.
The hawthorn hedges that line the footpaths where we live are in full flower.

May blossom was thought to be full of powerful magic and was therefore never brought inside a house.
That's a superstition I remember hearing as a child and which I always observe. 


The flowers drop as soon as the branches are cut anyway. 


It always makes me think of dairies. 
The creamy curds of  flowers with their sour milk smell.



May blossom is apparently a symbol of female fertility.
Brides take note.

Comments

  1. I've never known it this early either and I'm lots older than you. It is making me a little confused, this very early spring.

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  2. Wow! Beautiful photos!

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  3. Shuddup!

    I have no wish for female fertility symbolds thank-you-very-much ;o)

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  4. Everything is arriving so very early and going over so quickly too. I usually love my May garden but I'm wondering what will still be in flower this year.
    Carol xx

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  5. Oh no... I have taken blossom inside my home on several occasions! Must learn about British superstitions now that I'm living here! Otherwise I might get attacked by evil spirits...

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  6. Beautiful!!!
    As a child, I only tried once to give my mother some May blossom...I was told in no uncertain terms that it was not to be brought in the house..ever!

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  7. My granny nearly passed out when I brought some into the house ... death, death! Even worse than putting umbrellas up inside the house. (Or did she invent that one so we wouldn't knock things off shelves?)

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  8. The school drive looked like it was covered in pink snow this morning from the cherry blossom - the children were throwing fistfuls of it over one another.

    Just lovely, on the trees or off.

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  9. Someone told me that you shouldn't have ivy in the house either. Pagan superstition probably, but I never like to take chances.

    Gorgeous photos.

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  10. We have a saying "never cast a clout till may is out" where clouts are your winter clothing layers (thermals) So we would say its ok to cast off your thermals. Some people think it means the end of May but its the may blossom itself. I had no idea about the unluckyness of it however.

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  11. I nearly mentioned that saying Louise. Apparently Shaekspeare's phrase 'the darling buds of May' from Sonnet 18 probably refers to May blossom rather than the month.

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  12. That is, of course, Shakespeare :o)

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  13. I am simply amazed at the clarity of that first close up photo. I'm just not getting that with my Canon PowerShot SX200 IS. But when I check out the SLRs the prices frighten me! LOL Did you see the latest beach photos I put on my blog? It does pretty good for scenics, but just doesn't come close to your close up imagery. :-)

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  14. Unfortunately Teresa, it isn't just the camera but the lens too. Those pictures were taken with a macro lens which wasn't cheap.

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  15. The May Blossoms are soooo beautiful and I think i can smell them! Wonderful pictures. xoRobin❤

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  16. Me too ! My mother would never bring may blossoms into the house. My grandmother wrapped up all the cutlery and covered mirrors in a thunderstorm.
    They would also never put an open umbrella over their heads indoors. I tell myself I am not superstitious but I still would never do the umbrellas or the may blossoms.

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  17. I do love your macro lens - may I have it?

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  18. Beautiful macro photos! I have camera/lens envy!

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  19. Oh that first picture is simply amazing! Sadly all our blossom in Teddington has gone. But now the roses are blooming!

    K x

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  20. The flowers in the first photo look like they have little clear beads at the end of the stamens. Stunning photos.
    x Sandi

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  21. Pati from London3:50 pm BST

    The pics are lovely Sue. I don't have any tree that blossoms at home but I have a huge yellow rose tree/plant in the front of the house that is looking gorgeous too. I love the spring... x Pati

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  22. Winding Ways9:52 pm BST

    "The fair maid who, the first of May,
    goes to the fields at break of day,
    and washes her face in the dew of the hawthorn tree,
    will ever after handsome be."

    Sorry I didn't read your blog earlier, but you're ready for next year.

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  23. Thank you Winding Ways, I'm not sure I qualify as a fair maid these days, but I'll give it a go next May Day!

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