It’s May

wildflowers from lane

I think May must be one of my favourite months. If not my favourite. All the new growth has such vibrant colour. Not just the intricate flowers (Look at the forget-me-not. Like a little sugar paste flower), but the new leaves are somehow a fresher green. Even the air is filled with Spring. A short walk can mean ambling into clouds of fantastic, floral fragrance. One after another. I can’t help searching around for the flowers that are responsible.

It is a beautiful time of year. Not quite warm enough, but still inviting to go out.

smelling the flowers

It’s been a busy week and we’re glad it’s the weekend. After school today, BL and I headed out into the garden to enjoy the scent, taste and colour of the plants. Using all our senses. Discovering which plants provided the scent and which used their shape and colour to attract the insects.

chocolate mint

We have a herb garden, that provided a few herbs to test out the different tastes. Chocolate mint, fennel and lemon balm were the favourites from that part of the garden.

fennel fragrance

We planted a fennel plant last year and it has come back big and strong. I used a few fronds, this afternoon for a refreshing cup of tea. A firm favourite.

Flowers May

So many beautiful flowers. It was cold and overcast and near the end of the day. The bumble bees had already headed home.

Flowers May2

It felt a bit like visiting the garden after hours. Once all the visitors have left. Only a pair of geese flying over disturbed the peace. Not that we minded.

checking fragrance

BL asked how I knew all the names of the flowers. I remember asking the same question when I was younger, listening to my father and grandmother. They used to converse in an almost different language. Using plant names. Given enough time, I’m sure she’ll learn them too. If she wants to.

Just lovely to spend time outside enjoying the garden with all our senses.

may day cake and wildflowers

Yesterday was May Day. A school day with other commitments, which meant we couldn’t celebrate it together, as we have in previous years. Not even time to make a floral crown. Or design a well dressing. Or a garden goddess. (We might do that this weekend.) So today we made up for it. A May Day cake, that the children helped me to decorate. Jelly babies and a maypole dance.

may day cake detail

Flowers and butterflies, as it is Spring. (Is it me, or have jelly babies morphed? They just don’t look quite as well defined as I remember them. More blobbish.)

may day cake

Not that the children minded. They had their May Day cake with little dancers.

I do so love May!


Joining in with the inspirational Fiona, with all the other #CountryKids

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Have you had some outdoor fun this week?

30 thoughts on “It’s May

    • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 1:08 am

      May is a beautiful month – I’ll be saying it about June too – but for the moment I’m loving May!

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I always love your photos, they look so dreamy and wonderful. I’ve not heard of chocolate mint before but I think that would be a favourite of mine too. My apple mint is currently running wild and threatening to overtake everything, I hope chocolate mint is more restrained! A Maypole cake is a great idea and I do share your love of the month of May. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Chocolate mint is lovely. I’ve used it in my ice cream and it just about works, which says a lot about the flavour, seeing as only strong flavours can survive the cold treatment! I must be the only person in the world who has managed to kill her apple mint, but I have quite a collection of other mints. If they have survived the winter. Not checked yet.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 6:46 am

    After reading your post and looking at the pictures I want to grab my kids and go out and smell the flowers and herbs! #countrykids

    • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 7:49 am

      May is just the month to awaken the senses. Everything is so fresh. After a busy week, I’m glad we took a wander.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 8:47 am

    It is a lovely month, and your garden’s looking lovely. I do like that shot of your daughter with the Bleeding Hearts, and that cake looks brilliant!

    • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 9:04 am

      (Can I admit that I was so tempted to rearrange the cake? Shh. I resisted.)

      They did have fun decorating the cake. Half the cake has already gone and I think that they are half hoping we can do it all again!

    • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      The fragrance was lovely 😀

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    We collected the flowers from along our lane as we walked home from school. I wanted to identify 2 of them. They do make a lovely posy.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Really beautiful photos this week Cheryl, love the ones of your daughter smelling the herbs and flowers. I’m glad that the flowers are finally coming out here, it is a beautiful time of year. Loving your May Day cake too 🙂 #CountryKids

    • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Thanks Sara. BL had a lovely time checking out all the flowers. They all love it when we do taste tests. Glad to say they do leave some of the plant.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    May is my favourite month too, my birthday in 2 day yeah.

    Oh wow, stunning pictures, love your cake…

    • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Happy birthday! You have a lovely birthday month. Enjoy.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Gorgeous pictures..We have been out in the garden today to check out all the flowers and what needs doing!

    Love that cake!

    • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 12:37 am

      It all changes so quickly in the garden. My to do list is getting longer. We’re loving the lilac at the moment.

    • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Ah thanks. Any excuse for a cake! That’s me.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I love how sensory and inviting thismsounds. That cake looks great! #countrykids

    • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Such a beautiful time of year. Lots of new life.

  • Saturday 3 May, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Such fabulous photos Cheryl and it sounds so inviting! The cake is amazing, I love the attention to detail and jelly babies. Just brilliant 🙂

    • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Thanks Charly. It is all so inspiring at the moment.

  • Sunday 4 May, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I love that all these flowers are in your garden – I am so not a gardner #countrykids

    • Monday 5 May, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Pockets of colour around the garden. I wish I had time to landscape the garden more. All in good time.

  • Monday 5 May, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Awww, how lovely. That cake looks absolutely delicious xx

    • Tuesday 6 May, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Soon disappeared!:)

  • Wednesday 7 May, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I do love May too. I love the freshness in the air, the colour of everything. I never actually realised just how much there is to discover in the garden already. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Saturday 10 May, 2014 at 1:29 am

      May is so fresh and colourful. Glad you are enjoying it too.

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