My top ten May flowers

May in Stockton Bury Garden, Herefordshire
  1. Tulip
  2. Peony
  3. Iris
  4. Lilac
  5. Wisteria
  6. Allium
  7. Clematis
  8. Hawthorn flowers
  9. Cherry Blossom
  10. Forget-me-not
Clockwise top right: Clematis, Tulip ‘Rococo’, Allium, Peony, Wisteria, Lilac, Iris, Hawthorn, Cherry blossom, Forget-me-not

What is your favourite flower of the month?


42 Comments Add yours

  1. Can’t argue with that list! Feel I should say tulip is my favourite flower of the month after my recent exploits but I’m very fond of wisteria and I love peonies. Clematis montana looks stunning around here right now and forget-me-nots are a gorgeous blue and . . . . .

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know… so difficult to know what to leave out. Any luck on the house and garden yet?

      1. Soon. How soon? Very soon.

        1. Heyjude says:

          REALLY? Oh, tell me more…

        2. Heyjude says:


  2. Sue Slaght says:

    Beautiful choices. How about the Tiger Lily?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Patience Sue, there will be lilies later…

  3. A lovely set of photos. But where are horse chestnuts??

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, goodness Meg, there are SO many this month I had to leave them out, but yes they are beauties, especially the red ones. You MUST visit Paris at this time of year.

  4. Easy choice for me, the iris. Mine are just fabulous this year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Photos? I do have a soft spot for them, my mum was named Iris.

      1. When I do the next Change of Seasons monthly challenge, it will be iris-heavy. Sadly we don’t hear the name iris very frequently anymore, names being such trendy things nowadays.

        1. Heyjude says:

          It is such a pretty name, but also a strong name I think. I look forward to next month!!

        2. Just like the plant, I agree. Iris Murdoch always springs to mind when I hear the name. Have you read her? Way too intellectual for moi. I hate to work that hard when reading, to tell you the truth.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’d change the order but pretty much agree with your choices!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah the order was somewhat random, though tulips would always top my list 🙂
      So what is your favourite?

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Hawthorne in nature, lilac for its fragrance, possibly iris in a garden, clematis for its generosity, oh my so much loveliness!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Hey! You can’t have more than ONE!
          The clematis around here (I do a lot of snooping) looks absolutely gorgeous this year, and so many types.

  6. Sammy D. says:

    Lilacs, lilies of the valley and coral bells

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lily of the valley! Love the smell, but haven’t seen much of that recently. What are coral bells then? Enkianthus maybe?

      1. Sammy D. says:

        Coral bells = heuchera. Type ‘photo of coral bells’ in as URL and you’ll see many varieties with various flowers and green or deep purple leaves. Spring blooming and like shade. Leaves are pretty through the summer.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I never knew that! I love heuchera. I have two – one is marmalade, a lovely orangey-pink and just about to flower so I shall have to take a photo of the ‘bells’ and the other is lime marmalade, very bright with white flowers. I almost bought two more the other day, paprika and caramel – gorgeous shades, but I really do not have any more space!

        2. Sammy D. says:

          WOW i can’t wait to see photos of marmalades in your garden !!

          My sis just left on flight to see my niece who lives in London. Wish I was with her; would come see you for a chin wag 😂

        3. Heyjude says:

          I shall see what I can do 🙂

          And there is always a bottle waiting 🙂

  7. pommepal says:

    Great choice for your spring over there. All those I love but unfortunately cannot grow over here. But lilac is my favourite it brings back memories of my childhood, my father was an enthusiast gardener and he grew 2 lilac bushes. one white one blue and I would lie under them entranced with the soft, sweet perfume

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is some old wives tale about lilac, my mother would never have it in the house. I had a lovely white one in my former garden, some years it hardly flowered then others it was a mass!

      1. pommepal says:

        Wonder why they wouldn’t put it in the house?

        1. Heyjude says:

          I shall investigate 🙂

    2. Heyjude says:

      …it’s said to bring bad luck! My mother would also not allow cow parsley in the house. She called it “mother die” I wonder where all these tales originated from? I have a vague idea that a peacock’s feather in the house was unlucky too. Thinking about this, my mother must have been very superstitious!

      1. pommepal says:

        Yes I have heard of the peacock’s feather bringing bad luck. So many “old wives tales” hard to know where they came from. Maybe Google can help!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Heyjude says:

      What would be your choice for May in Queensland then?

      1. pommepal says:

        Ok I will have to have a think about that. Be back later…

  8. Sue says:

    I’ll go for Wisteria, if I can only have one, as I love the scent as well as the cascading blooms…. Great collage of Spring flowers, BTW.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wisteria is delightful, have you been to Wisley this month? They always have such a fantastic display of wisteria.

      1. Sue says:

        I haven’t, as it happens, but I have seen it there in previous years

  9. nowathome says:

    proteas for me!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Is May the best month for them then Aletta?

  10. Patrick says:

    This year it would be my Peony. Second would be the Geraniums and then the Roses. The Paper Whites put on a good show. Another dry Spring has stunted the rest. Thanks for the question, Jude. It made me remember that even in a drought year there are many flowers to bring happiness.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Some of those you mention will make an appearance next month 🙂

      It has been surprisingly dry here, except for Thursday, and as all my plants are in pots it is hard work keeping them happy!

  11. restlessjo says:

    It’s not fair that some of the bestest arrive together 🙂 Impossible not to be blown away by cherry blossom but already it’s just about blown away. 😦 Love, love, love flamboyant irises! But I’m a clematis girl- the more the merrier. Even the monster that’s invading our roof from the apple tree next door. 🙂 Lots of lovely shades of heuchera now too 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Had you heard of coral bells? And I agree, so many beauties that I had to leave out.

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