Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mid-May flowers at Windy Poplars

Daffodils

Violets are everywhere

We moved the forsythia bush away from the patio and over with the other smallish trees - crabapple and plum. By the way, I learned in a garden book by Anne Raver that it is named after William Forsyth who is said to have introduced the plant to England from China. And that it should be pronounced - for sigh thia not - for sith ia.

We were so pleased there were any flowers at all because Lucy thought we hired her to prune it, and pulled off most of the branches.

One of the sweet smelling plum trees has blossomed.

May is just so wonderful! There should be some more flowers by the end of the month.

24 comments:

  1. Looking beautiful at your place! We have plum blooming, also apple, pears and almonds... Unfortunately, there is snow in our forecast for this weekend, so I hope we do not lose all of the blossoms/potential fruit to the cold.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Almonds! I can't imagine. I sure hope you don't get snow or too cold weather.

      Delete
  2. I love April and May on the Mainland. Gorgeous photos! Love your header shot too.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It has been a lovely spring in Louisiana despite the rain (probably 26") at my house. We are quickly moving toward summer. We are hoping this year to have tomatoes, bell peppers and lemons. Plants have a lot at the moment if they make it to maturity. Lots of pests here to thwart the plants and us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lemons! Every place has its pros and cons. You can grow such things (I can't grow peppers here) but your 'pests' are probably worse than I might have. Except Japanese beetles. The worst!

      Delete
  4. I love those daffodils! They are such a cheery flower and always make me smile. Ours are long finished, as is the forsythia (thanks for the information about that!). My roses are blooming and the hostas should be in another week or two. I need to spend some time cutting off the damaged leaves on the hostas (from our hail storm), but they should rebound, from what I've been told.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are cheery but very hard to capture in a photo especially when the sun is shining. I love yellow, and we finally painted our kitchen walls yellow and I love them.

      Delete
  5. Don't you just love this time of year. New flowers almost daily.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is wonderful. Raining right now on the little spinach and pea seeds we planted yesterday.

      Delete
  6. Beautiful, and I envy you the mountains I see in the background!
    Think you are a week, or maybe two, ahead of me.
    Margaretha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, how very good to hear from you. I went over to your blog but you don't seem to be writing now. Yes, I do live in the mountains. Thanks again for coming by and leaving a note. Please do come again!

      Delete
    2. Nan,
      I've been lurking here for quite some time - and I was so happy when I found that you decided to continue to blog!
      Life and I have been out of step, and one blog is all I've been able to manage (på livets trassliga bastmatta). Google translate is not very reliable, so it might be hard for you to understand - except for when I write about, and quote, from books written in English - which I do often.
      I'll be back!

      Delete
    3. I put it on my list and will check in. I'm sorry about the 'out of step.' It is so good to be in touch again.

      Delete
  7. One thing I certainly miss about living away from Pennsylvania is the can be is seasons. I. Florida we have cold, 2 weeks of cool comfortable weather and then horrific heat. I loved the blooms and flowers and slight changes of temperatures. Beautiful flowers you have and I did not know forsythia was meant to be pronounced that way

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There's a blog you might enjoy reading by a woman, Sallie, in Florida. http://travelingrainvilles.typepad.com/traveling_home/

      Delete
  8. I do love May! The most glorious month of the year....And since it was unusually cold this year some of my flowering trees and flowers lasted longer than they normally do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Last May was sunny almost every day, and this May we've had quite a bit of rain, and now this cold. But these changes keep us on our toes!

      Delete
  9. For-sigh-thea it is, then. We had some hereabout - until the deer trimmed them to the ground. I look forward to seeing what bloom next at Windy Poplars.

    We've had such a wet and rather cool spring this year, but, it afforded the daffodils and then tulips a good month of showing off. Right now, lily-of-the-valley are fragrant and abundant. I love spring.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, those dear deer! Do you have ticks out there?? Awful creatures. I was pleased to read about the right pronunciation. There's another one that is often mis-pronounced, and I wrote a blog post about it ages ago. http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2007/06/book-passageone-mans-garden.html

      Delete
    2. That is interesting - I wonder if it is the same word as the Swedish ört (which you pronounce eart), It means herb.
      Margaretha

      Delete
    3. I looked it up and this is what a dictionary says: wort |wərtwôrt|
      noun
      1 [ in combination ] used in names of plants and herbs, especially those used, especially formerly, as food or medicinally, e.g., butterwort, woundwort.
      • archaic a plant or herb used medicinally.
      They have the wart as first pronunciation but I'm going with Henry Mitchell!

      Delete
    4. Interesting tidbit about the forsythia bush. Nice photos of the flowers and landscape!

      Delete

I am really going to try and respond to your comments as soon as they come in! Please do come back if you've asked a question.
Also, you may comment on any post, no matter how old, and I will see it.