Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy May Day!

Maypole card by Cindy Hendricks

 Happy May Day.  I always loved this old fashioned holiday from my childhood.  We made up little baskets of flowers and left them on neighbors doorsteps.  In school we crowned our Virgin Mary statue with flowers after a special procession.

Iris

If you are not familiar with this holiday... a little history...May Day began as a festival to honor Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers.  It became a more secular event  known for the tradition of dancing around the Maypole and crowning the Queen of May.  May first was the first day of summer in ancient cultures with June 21 being the summer solstice or Midsummer.




Pansies and violas




To celebrate this year I visited the NC Arboretum to see what was in bloom since my last visit.  A whole new array of flowers made for a great day of hiking and taking photos!  What is in bloom near you?



Tulips in all colors





Another iris

Tulips in white and deep maroon

Rhododendrons.


Azaleas


 

27 comments:

kanak7 said...

What a beautiful post! I'm from India...your post took me back to my school in the 70s. I studied in a Catholic school (I'm Hindu) and we did have special processsion too. We'd sing "Kyrie eleison, Kriste eleison..." That was so long ago...the words come back now, after ages!!

You live in a beautiful area. I'd love to spend time with your older posts!:)

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy May Day!
All of the flowers are so beautiful. I would be in heaven walking through a place like this.

Kea said...

Happy May Day to you!

Such lovely blooms...What's blooming here are daffodils and tulips, hyacinths, a few others. People are making a start on their gardens and putting in annuals, but it's too cold yet, I think. LOL.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for this glorious post!

Jane said...

Really beautiful shots, awesome blooms. Happy May day to you too:)

Old Kitty said...

Happy May Day to you too!!!

Thank you for these shots of these amazing blooms!! Such vivid colours too!! Lovely! Take care
x

Vicky said...

Happy May day!!!!

Shiera said...

Such a lovely garden, and there are tulips, too!

Too sad it's been two years since I last saw tulips, when I left Japan :(

Odie Langley said...

Never really think about May 1st as anything special but I really enjoyed getting reminded by all your lovely pictures. Thanks & have a glorious sunday.
Odie

SandyCarlson said...

This arboretum is gorgeous. Thanks for this post and these great images.

Jan n Jer said...

Gorgeous flowers. Yes I remember May day..it was celebrated in my grade school days. It was so much fun going around the maypole. I dont think my grans would even know about this celebration in todays events. Kind of sad when you think of it! Thanks for sharing, it was a nice blast from my past!

Denise said...

I loved reading your post today, and you shared gorgeous flowers. They brighten my rainy morning.

i beati said...

love the graphic I would so love to visit there sandy

Catherine said...

May is off to a good start with all the color starting to show up! Fantastic!
xo Catherine

Carver said...

Happy May Day. I have fond memories of it too. Beautiful shots from the arboretum and I love the illustration you started with.

Stephany said...

Happy May Day to you! The arboretum is beautiful. I'm so jealous they have tulips, not a single one of mine bloomed this year.

Pat'sAdditon said...

I did May Day too. Love your history of the day.

Jama said...

Wow! so m any beautiful flowers!

Morisot said...

Those are such beautiful flowers....oh, to have a walk like that :)

Happy May Day!

Liz said...

Lovely blooms! Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

Shobha said...

Lovely pictures.
I loved the first one ...so cute.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful post, I love all the gorgeous and colorful flowers. Happy May Day!

Míriam Luiza said...

As fotos são maravilhosas! Uma grande veriedade de flores e cores!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

So much colour in this post, it is beautiful :)

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Lovely shots of the flowers. My son school still wraps the May pole every year!
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Appalachian Lady said...

I remember the May Day celebration as a child too. All the girls got to wear flowers in our hair and wrap the pole. What's funny is it was a Catholic school celebrating a pagan holiday. No matter--I just loved the flowers. Thanks for giving me a childhood memory I had forgotten. And your photos are great.

Louvregirl said...

Lovely flower photos. I feel spring!

EG Wow said...

My goodness! The Carolina Mountains are gorgeous this time of year!

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