Living through May: Survival!

Originally posted on Sweet Peach:
I’ve been quiet for most of this month, with my last post being on May 8th. I won’t lie, May is a challenging month for me. It’s full of highs and lows. On top of the emotions it brings about, I have been extremely busy with work this time around…

Another one and only

Of all the irises in our woodland garden, this was the only one that bloomed this year. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Southern Arrowwood

Viburnum dentatum has lovely clusters of white flowers. It is more commonly called Southern Arrowwood because its straight stems were reported to have been used by Native Americans for arrow shafts. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Spring foliage

This looks like Autumn foliage, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s the late Spring foliage of the Loropetalum shrub, also known as the Chinese Fringe Flower shrub. Earlier in the season the leaves were a dark purple color, but as the flowers faded, the leaves took on more of this Autumn-like hue.

The first and only

The first, and so far the only, yellow rose of the season… Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Looking up

“Though my life is low, if my spirit looks upward habitually at an elevated angle, it is as if it were redeemed. When the desire to be better than we are is really sincere we are instantly elevated, and so far better already.” (Henry David Thoreau)

Wildflowers

“If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers.” (Therese of Lisieux) Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

The wild majesty of ferns

“The forest is blanketed by the greenestĀ fernsĀ and moss and bonsai-like trees, a wild majesty that beckons hobbits and pixies and elves and dreamers.” (Shannon Mullen)

Eastern Sweetshrub

Also called Carolina Allspice, this is one I look forward to every year. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Tulip Poplar

There is a large Tulip Poplar tree behind our house and another one on our neighbor’s property, but this year I saw no blooms on either tree. However, on one of my walks I found blooms and pieces of blooms scattered in our drive and in the middle of our lane. Recent strong winds must…