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 professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. While Spinning the Light is a free-for-all covering a multitude of playful and positive subjects, Living Whole is primarily a forum for health and lifestyle topics focussed on recovery from the chronic health challenges she has lived with for a number of years. Needless to say, their subjects cross over quite often.
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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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