Sunday, 1 May 2011

Beltane - May Day

Laburnum

Beltane is the Celtic  May Day,one of the old quarter-days marking  the cycle of the seasons
and the agricultural year.Washing one's face in the May morning dew was said to beautify
the complexion. In ancient Rome it was the festival Floralia dedicated to Flora,goddess of flowers.


This May Day morning my garden is filled with  sunlight and birdsong, and the heady scent of lilac and laburnum.
Lilac

Rhododendron

Clematis


The lush Spring foliage provides perfect cover for a blackbird's nest.



Pathways used by nocturnal visitors : foxes,hedgehogs and neighbourhood cats.

Another  wildlife pathway. The beautiful and fragile Welsh poppy bursts into bloom under a rosemary bush.

13 comments:

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Wow, So beautiful!! Thanks for the lovely glimpse of springtime!

dritanje said...

Lovely to see your garden Ruby! And now I know the name of the little yellow poppy I also noticed in mine. Isn't this weather amazing!
Morelle xx

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What glorious photos and scents for the May Day! I will remember to wash my face in the May morning dew... a great suggestion!

Bises,
Genie

PS I love the lilacs as we do not have them where I live...

...louciao... said...

Oh my goodness, it's so lush and beautiful...and warm! Thank you for this visual blessing--a lovely entry into the merry month of May.

The leaves are not yet out on the trees here, and the grass has just turned green, so this is a wonderful foretaste of good things to come. Lilacs, anyway.

biebkriebels said...

Beautiful photo's of nature. You have those sunny days too, like here. We are enjoying the warm spring weather for some time now.

snowwhite said...

Thank you!!Your photos bring Sweet fragrance of Spring to me. I will wash my face in the May morning dew. In Nara, there is a goddess of spring who helps spring flowers bloom beautifully. Charm of flowers are international!! The firs photo reminds me of wisteria which are now in bloom in Nara Park, and one of my favorite.
Have a nice week!!

Dutchbaby said...

Is this your garden??? Holy cow, it's gorgeous!

Visualizing wishing one's face in the May morning dew conjures up the image of Thumbelina doing her morning ablutions.

Dutchbaby said...

Make that "washing" one's face.

merci33 said...

Whether 'wishing ones face' or 'washing ones face' the suggestions are each wonderfully springtime...
thanks for the opportunity to walk among your flowers and follow the path of the hedgehog and fox...so lovely.

redrose said...

It is surprising, Forest Dream weaver. what a gorgeous garden you have!! They are bright and clorful. looks like early summer is coming!!
Red rose,Tomoko.

Pétales de fées said...

A lush garden of May and wonderfully scented in which to take the morning dew! Good evening!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

I wish I could also have transported the perfume!
Thanks for the lovely comments.

Enjoy your weekend!
Ruby

henk knibbeler said...

Lovely all these blossoms, yes it's a remarkble season, without a springtime immidiate into summer, that's what I see in the nature this year!
Thanks for your comments, Iam travelling a lot on this moment thrue Europe for making photo's in a lot of area's. So excuse for some late reactions on my side!

have a nice week and good luck

Bye,

Henk

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