The hawthorn blossom is out…already!

All week, I’ve been snapping away at hawthorn hedges in full bloom in the unseasonably hot sunshine but I came across this particularly glorious display in Beech Hill yesterday, it really was striking and very lush, so much so that it looked a bit like certain hedgerows had been targeted by a freak snowstorm.

One thing I didn’t realise until a moment ago is that as well as the hawthorn being known as the may tree, the blossom itself is called “may” and is presumably called this because it traditionally comes out in late April or May so I assume it is early this year. And I suppose it usually heralds in the warmer weather, hence the old English proverb “Leave not off a clout till may be out” which is supposed to mean don’t take off your winter clothing (clout = clothing) until the hawthorn blossom is out.  Good advice but since it is now out in spadefuls, I’ve been living in my shorts for the past few days…

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About Helen White

Helen White is a full-time professional artist (painting moments of everyday radiance in oil on canvas), a photographer, product designer and published writer with several blogs, on various topics, to her name. Light on Art is her art-related blog sharing recent artworks and inspiration.Living Your Whole Life is a health and lifestyle blog sharing all the many highlights of learning how to transform your health and wellbeing (spiralling out of ten years recovering from fibromyalgia). Spinning the Light is a very broad-based platform of self-discovery where she explores the everyday alchemy that is available to all beings just as soon as they open up to life's fullest potential.Helen White Photography is a portal for sharing her Fine Art photographs which are available as Limited Edition prints.
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2 Responses to The hawthorn blossom is out…already!

  1. Martin Rogers says:

    What a wonderful display.
    Martin.

  2. Pingback: Magnificent Mayflower | helenwhiteart

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