My mom shared stories of dancing around the maypole and choosing a May queen. My own kids planted baskets of flowers, put them on the doorsteps of neighbors, rang their doorbells and ran away before they could answer their doors.
Originally, May Day was a pagan holiday to celebrate the beginning of summer. It was believed that the first of May divided the year in half. Fires were set to give strength to the sun.
When Romans occupied the British Isles, a five-day-long feast to worship Flora, the goddess of flowers, was held April 28 to May 2.
By the Middle Ages, the maypole became a status symbol in English villages – the taller, the better. Some put them up for just one day; others erected permanent poles.
The Puritans tried to put an end to May Day traditions, but the maypole and some May Day festivities survived. Today in the United States, May Day is more about celebrating spring.
While I won’t be dancing around a maypole, I am giving everyone I work with a 4-pack of annual Dianthus wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow. And to celebrate with you, I will take you along on a walk through my spring garden. Happy May Day!
The earliest of spring-blooming bulbs are reaching the end of their spring performance.
Other spring-blooming bulbs and the earliest-blooming perennials are at their peak. There is a lot of blooming going on in the rock garden.
There are several bulbs and perennials that, given just a few more warm sunny days, will explode into bloom.
Although there are blooms in the gardens now, most of what is happening in the landscape now is new growth (and lots of it). I just love watching perennials emerge from the ground and leaves unfurling on branches.
We put the pump and filters back in the pond and the sound of water is back in the garden.
I hope you enjoyed my May Day gift to you. How is your garden looking on this May Day? Garden with me!