“That is May, the month I love the most, and when my turn comes to make the world, as surely it will, I shall make my May ninety days long.”
—  Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book):



Poppy and bud

Poppy and bud

There aren’t enough hours in the days to enjoy all the flowers and blooms and green growth, so extending the month to ninety days is a clever idea!


Trustworthy May

May 1, 2014

Daisies on my lawn

Daisies on my lawn


“However erratic April’s behavior, May is a month to be trusted.  To remain indoors for a few days is to fall behind the news.”
— Hazel Heckman, Island Year


“It was the morning of the sixth of May,
And May had painted with her soft showers
A garden full of leaves and flowers.
And man’s hand had arranged it with such sweet craft
There never was a garden of such price
But if it were the very Paradise.”
— Geoffrey Chaucer, from The Canterbury Tales

A man’s hand crafted the lovely grounds of the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, and it has become one of our city’s paradises.  The city of Seattle hired the Olmstead Brothers (successors to Frederick Olmstead, who designed New York City’s Central Park among other famous commissions) to develop the landscaping plans for the Arboretum.  The Olmsteads were proponents of connecting urban dwellers to wild and natural spaces.

Here are some photos of my Spring visit to the park:

Signpost for Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum

The paths are perfect for strolling, jogging, and walking the dog.

Magnificent trees and wild spaces

Mushroom along the path

Bottle-brush plants in a low spot

A bed of ferns



Bench along the path, Washington Park Arboretum


Green foliage





Spring All in a Rush

May 5, 2012

Flowers at the University District Farmers Market

“The first days of May bring spring all in a rush.”
— Elisabeth Luard, A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

My camera is getting a workout every time I step outside my door.  Here is a sampling of the Spring “rush” seen through my camera lens.

Buying fresh produce at a farmers market

Jugs of juice, University District Farmers Market

Ladyfern fiddleheads, University District Farmers Market

Bright yellow flowers growing in a parking strip

Delicate, blushing-pink maple helicopters (not from my “adopted” trees)

Rhododendron blossoms

Tulips growing horizontally along the ground!

Tulip with falling petal

“May is a green as no other,
May is much sun through small leaves,
May is soft earth,
And apple-blossoms,
And windows open to a South wind. . .”
     from “Lilacs” by Amy Lowell

Sunburst in green

Patterned greenery

Illuminated lines

Embroidered and quilted mini-wall hanging for May

Pippa Passing
by Robert Browning

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn:
God’s in His Heaven —
All’s right with the world.