What Say, A May Bouquet?

In Britspeak, it’s: “What say?” In ‘Murricanspeak, it’s: “Waddayasay?” Anyway……….. Let’s give thanks for the flowers that bloom in May. Here’s a nonet of images for you. You’re invited to click on the links under some of the photos, for “more”. Spanish bluebells.

Foamflower. Canada Mayflower. False Lily-of-the-Valley.

“Real” Lily-of-the-Valley.


This link will take you to comparison drawing between “real” and “false” LOTV.



Also known as: bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bungleweed, common bugle

Columbine. The “two bird” flower. The common name is one bird, the Latinate name another.


The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle’s claw. The common name “columbine” comes from the Latin for “dove”, due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together.

Wild geranium.


The book “Ozark Wildflowers” says of this plant: “The Mesquakie Indians brewed a root tea for toothache and for painful nerves and mashed the roots for treating hemorrhoids.”

As ever always in May, ants patrol peony buds.


Donald Lewis, of the Iowa University Extension Service, says: “Peony buds have very small extrafloral nectaries (special glands that produce nectar) along the outside edges of the scales that cover the developing buds. Ants devour this mixture of sugar, water and amino acids in what may resemble a feeding frenzy. In exchange for the free nectar, the ants drive off pests that might nibble on the buds. But rest assured that the peony flowers would open normally and on time even without ants walking across the surface of the bud.”

The poppies are pooped from pounding rain. No loss without gain. For in their beaten-down state the stems take on an unexpected horizontality.


Wiki: “Aside from its natural brilliant orange-scarlet, since the later 19th century selective breeding for gardens has created a range of colors from clean white with eggplant-black blotches (Barr’s White is the standard against which other whites are measured), through clear true pinks and salmon pinks to deep maroons and plum. In addition petals may be creased or fringed, such as Türkenlouis.”

To end this post, here is a portrait from our south flower garden. The portrait is of our newly-opened “black” iris.


Half a foot tall, and seven inches across.

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