May Flowers

The blossoms have been wonderful since the end of April,
but May has brought a profusion of delicate flowers against deep blue skies.
Like this curtain of flowers.

The dark pink centres are a lovely contrast to the white petals of this ornamental cherry.

This one was taken just after a rain shower.
This little tree is in my street and I look forward to the blossom every single year.

These white Narcissus with the yellow centres was taken on an evening walk
in my neighbourhood.

Layers of pink petals so wonderful to see after the winter months.

More rain showers on this beautiful Iris growing in the planter
alongside the building I live in.

The Lilac bushes are still blooming

I managed to capture this Apple Blossom before the wind
blew away the gorgeous chunky petals.
I wonder if this will be a good year for apples?

How fresh the new spring green leaves are as they appear on all of the trees.

The Queen of queens for this month
has to be the luscious Peony.
I like to have them in a vase in my home during the whole of the month of May.
Aren't the petals just wonderful?

They start off  in a lovely deep, vibrant shade which  changes every day.

until they becomes a beautiful luminous creamy colour
and then finally white, before the petals start dropping.

A fallen petal and stamens on the tabletop.

Ruffles of peachy petals

and the last peony standing in the vase.
It will soon be time to get some more of these wondrous blooms.

Soft curves and colour create an abstract quality to the flowers
that bring me such joy all through the month of May.

We have had our fair share of rain this month with polar air blowing our way,
luckily there have been blue skies too!

The rain is needed as the level of the rivers and lakes was getting really low.

A beautiful basket of Hydrangeas arrived today

They have been sent by my thoughtful son in Canada
for Mother's Day this Sunday.
It always falls on the second Sunday during the month of May.
You can see the pretty accompanying card.
This lovely plant will be planted in a big pot on my balcony on Sunday!
Hydrangeas are my favourite plants to have on my balcony.
They flower the whole summer through.

The First Day of May

Muguet or Lily-of-the-Valley

It wouldn't be May without these sweet scented tiny white bells.

It's a tradition in France and here in Switzerland,
as well as some other European countries
to offer a small bouquet of Muguet on the first of May.

I even have an embroidered tablecloth with these tiny flowers
and it always adorns my small round table during the whole of this month!

It all fits together so well.

A May Day tradition dating back to 1561. The first of May in France is a holiday
to celebrate Labour Day.
It carries an even older tradition.
Today families all around France get up early in the morning and go into the woods
to pick the flowers and offer the little bouquets
to loved ones and friends.

Since I live in the town, it's not easy to go into the woods to hunt these flowers.
Luckily all the florists here sell pretty bouquets
wrapped in a decorated paper
and with the inscription:
'Je porte bonheur'
(I bring good luck)

I hope the Muguet in my blog entry today will bring you good luck too!

If you would like to read a story about Lily of the Valley, click on the link below:


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Something spring-like and colourful on my crochet hook 
is making me happy.
Little Daisy Granny Squares.
They are quite irresistible to make.
I wonder what they will become?


Easter Day

A recent spring bouquet,
the prettiest I have ever received,
contained three beautiful red Anemone

Five tulips

Yellow Ranunculus

and soft pink ones

Soft salmon pink
on a rainbow of my latest crocheted Mandala

A whisper of petals.

On my daily walks
I have encountered beautiful Magnolia

Such lovely lines

Both these trees are in my neighbourhood.

The Lilac is just starting to bloom
early this year.

I've so enjoyed crocheting a new
Waterlily Mandala.
I have changed the edging a little from the original pattern.

Primula from my balcony
in the traditional crown-shaped vase I use for small flowers every spring.

It wouldn't be Easter without some good dark Swiss chocolate!
Don't you love the gold sprinkles between his ears?


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April is Dressed in Pastels

These are starlings up high in the tree against the blue of a lovely spring sky!
I love that we have birdsong in the early mornings and evenings again.

Tiny ferns are appearing in walls which are also decorated in lichen and moss.

Wild Plum Blossom
Scattering petal confetti on the paths

So I need to take photographs of this blossom now and not tomorrow!

I love the dark centres and the colourful leaves just opening up.

The four Forsythia bushes along the path leading to my building
are in full bloom.

Their petals are so luscious

I could bury myself in their glorious haze of yellow!

A bright splash of colour from a Camellia bloom seen along a lakeside walk.

Tulips in a vase at home give me an excuse to create a collage.

I've always loved feathers and have had this little green and grey one for 
a very long time. 
The silver pendant is also a feather.

The details are better seen through a macro lens.

I've just finished a Magnolia Mandala as a gift
from a beautiful pattern here:

I chose the colours for a lady who is about to take her retirement
and go and live in the mountains.
The colours represent mountain lakes and greenery
and beautiful sunsets.