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
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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?

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42 thoughts on “My top ten May flowers

  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 . . . . .

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    1. 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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      1. 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.

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      1. 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.

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      2. 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!

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      3. 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 😂

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  2. 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

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    1. 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!

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    2. …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!

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      1. 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!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. 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.

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    1. 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!

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  4. 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 🙂

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