I just love the month of May, with everything coming to life in the garden and the greenery looking so fresh and vibrant at the moment. For me, the month of May serves as the transition period between Spring and Summer.
Most of you will know by now, that our Summers over here in England can sometimes be a little disappointing, but for the month of May I can always have the hope that this year will be the one! The one when we have balmy, warm, sunny weather for the next couple of months. When I will be able to actually sit out in the garden during the long, light evenings with a glass of Rose` and with a book on my lap. Yes, hope is what makes the world go round my friends, and May is my month of hope for a glorious Summer here in England this year.
"March winds, April showers, bring forth May flowers."
May is traditionally called the merry month, probably because of the warmer weather, balmy air, flowers, and rising energy levels. May brings forth a rush of spring greenery and the glory of the blossoming trees. Doesn't it just make you feel glad to be alive!
I still remember the old saying from my childhood days though - "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out." I decided to Google that particular saying and, apparently, in the olden days, 'clout' could have several meanings, including 'clothing', so it really means don't leave off your warm winter clothing until the month of May is ended. That is why, here in England, we don't usually plant out our tender bedding plants or hang our hanging baskets until the end of May.
I wish you all a very happy and, yes, 'merry', month of May!