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. Her blog Living Whole shines a light on living with high sensitivity, dealing with trauma and healing from chronic health issues. Spinning the Light is an extremely broad-based platform where she elucidates the everyday alchemy of relentless self-exploration. A lifetime of "feeling like an outsider" slowly emerged as neurodivergence (being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD, synaesthesia, sensory processing challenges and other defecits overlapping with giftedness). All of these topics are covered in her blogs, written from two distinct vantage points so, if you have enjoyed one of them, you may wish to explore the other for a different, yet entirely complimentary, perspective.
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2 Responses to The hawthorn blossom is out…already!

  1. Martin Rogers says:

    What a wonderful display.
    Martin.

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  2. Pingback: Magnificent Mayflower | helenwhiteart

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