Here we are at the end of May! I have been so delighted by the springtime. Here in Glasgow, the month of May has been what June always meant to me in Aberdeen in terms of when things are in flower. We’ve had some lovely days, with temperatures in the 60s, which the weatherman says is average, and a few in the low 70s, which is warm for here. Here are some of the things I’ve enjoyed in May. Laburnums (we had one in our front garden in Aberdeen):
Clematis alongside azaleas:
Trees filling out more each day:
And – roses! Now, in Aberdeen none of my roses (except for Maigold, the yellow rose in the photo below) ever bloomed before the end of June. More often they bloomed at the beginning of July, and many’s the time I took a bouquet of my garden flowers on holiday to Harris with us because I was determined to enjoy them. Here in Glasgow, roses have been blooming since mid-May!
The hawthorn trees seem far taller than any I was acquainted with in Aberdeen, and their scent has been delicious. The few degrees difference from Aberdeen must bring out the scent.
And the lilac has been a delight. White, pink, purple – and also beautifully scented:
Now at the end of May, the lilacs are fading. In the park, there is new life. Ducklings:
All month long I have been watching the swans nesting in the pond there, and just in the past few days twelve cygnets have hatched. Yesterday they were guarded by their mother, some next to her and some underneath. The gulls that inhabit a different part of the pond would gladly have the cygnets as a snack:
Very sadly, Daddy swan was killed a few days ago in an encounter with an unleashed dog. He was defending his unhatched offspring. Signs have been put up warning dog owners to keep their dogs away from the pond, and people visiting have been very sad that Mama swan has lost her mate for life. It is sad, but I’m sure that in the natural world father swans occasionally die defending their broods. At least our father swan has many mourners besides his immediate family.
I wish you all a great weekend!