May bluebells and blossoms

My Perthshire garden in May. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

It’s May! My favourite month of the year. I’m so excited, I hardly know where to start. The weather has been fine and dry for several days and there is so much going on in the garden, I am utterly spoilt for choice. So here goes….

There are bluebells everywhere, ranging in height and depth of colour, and not just blue ones, white and lilac-pink stems as well. When the sun is up, the fragrance is quite intoxicating.

Bluebells, lilac and white varieties. Image: Kathryn Hawkins
Tall, white variety of bluebell. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

The golden glow of daffodils has been replaced by the vibrant yellow of Welsh poppies which are blooming all over the garden now and will continue to do so throughout the coming months. The petals are so delicate yet the poppies withstand all sorts of random weather that a Scottish spring and summer has to offer.

Vibrant and bold Welsh poppies. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

I have high hopes for an abundant fruit crop this year. All the trees, especially the Morello cherry, have been laden with blossom. To me, the prettiest of all fruit blossom is the apple blossom, I love the deep pink buds which burst open into hint-of-pink flower petals. Pear blossom comes a close second with its intricate and prominent stamens.

Morello cherry tree in full blossom. Image: Kathryn Hawkins
Lord Derby apple blossom. Image: Kathryn Hawkins
Concorde pear blossom. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

The weather here in Perthshire is set fair for another few days, with no rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future. Whilst I enjoy the sunshine and blue sky, this is one of the worst times of the year for there to be little water for the plants. It looks like I will be busy with the watering can over the next few days. Until next month, I’m heading outside 🙂

Bluebells under a May Perthshire blue sky. Image: Kathryn Hawkins
May bluebell, up close and personal. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

6 thoughts on “May bluebells and blossoms

  1. My husband and I are considering staying in Perthshire when we return to Scotland in May 2019. I remember seeing the bluebells in May at Lauriston Castle and they were too lovely for words. Your pictures are so pretty.

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    1. Hi Wendy. Thank you for looking at my blog and for your nice comments. May seems like a long way off right now – it’s grey and pouring down today ! I think it is the best month to visit Scotland. The weather is often very pleasant; the air fresh, and the temperature starts warming up. All the best to you. Kathryn 🙂

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  2. Funny how so few people realize the importance rain, often labeled as “bad” weather. No water, no life!
    I had never seen yellow poppies before. Thank you for your lovely photos! The bench in your garden is so inviting…

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      1. Parched soil in Scotland, wow…
        P-S: I bought some rhubarb at the market this morning. Will be trying your recipe tomorrow!
        Take care, Kathryn 🙂!

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