1st of May flowers

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Fleur Pavlidis

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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2017, 10:04:51 AM »
Well done ladies! I enjoyed picking a bunch of flowers from the garden, but took them as a gift to our hostess for lunch rather making a wreath. My efforts over the last few years have been undistinguished anyway.
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Hilary

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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2017, 03:19:31 PM »
Lovely assortment of flowers
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Charithea

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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2017, 08:31:47 AM »
Hello.  We have been away in Sardinia so  I was not around to make my traditional May wreath. On our return there was a wreath on the door.  My sister made it but did not know how to post a photograph on the Forum. It is great that you have both kept up the tradition. Both lovely wreaths.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Hilary

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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2018, 07:40:27 PM »
May Wreath 2018
Since all the Crown Daisies have dried up round here we went up hill and inland to Zemeno, a village above Xylokastro at 560m to make the wreath. I don't know if this area is classed as Orini Korinthia but the roads were narrow , windy and old.
Passing through the village we came to a wider area where we thought to turn around but after getting out of the car we found plenty of wild flowers to make the wreath, Broom, Poppies,Rock Roses and a very useful bush with white flowers.  Could the bush be Traveller's Joy? It certainly gave me joy as the branches provided the base for the wreath. Further along the road there was a lot of Red Valerian which added colour.   
Unfortunately for the wreath it had to stay in the hot car while we ate at a taverna and consequently it became rather droopy and straggly
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Charithea

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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2018, 04:40:50 AM »
Good morning Hillary. I believe your white flowers are Styrax officianalis. We have two young trees in the garden.  They have amazing perfum.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Hilary

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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2018, 05:11:31 AM »
Great, fantastic, many thanks for the identification.
There was only one bush at the place where we made the wreath, I was relieved to find many more further along the road
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John J

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« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2018, 07:04:50 AM »
This year's May wreath, albeit a day late, taken from 2 angles. There are around 35 different plants involved.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Hilary

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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2018, 07:10:33 AM »
Beautiful
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Alisdair

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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2018, 07:57:57 AM »
Gorgeous wreaths, thank you! A week or so ago while we were on the MGS trip to Uzbekistan, and having our picnic lunch, Suzan Harada from Hawaii who was with us made this wild flower wreath and left it on this hawthorn - I wonder if it survived till May Day. Incidentally for the last few days the MGS facebook page has had pictures from the trip, which was fantastic, as its daily cover photo.
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David Dickinson

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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2018, 09:19:56 AM »
Just to add my compliments too for beautiful wreaths. I think if we started the tradition in Rome it would be more like Remembrance Day as the fields are full of red poppies at this time of year!
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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JTh

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« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2018, 10:16:05 AM »
So many nice wreaths, ours is more or less like last year's, it is just from flowers picked under our olive trees. This year I used some thin branches from the pomegranate tree as a base; the double-flowered one has no spines.


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John J

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« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2020, 08:49:29 AM »
May day again and time for the annual wreath. The first photo shows the constituents ready for assembly, the second is the finished product waiting to be hung up.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Hilary

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« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2020, 08:59:19 AM »
beautiful
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Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2020, 09:27:13 AM »
Our Maywreath as floppy and blowsy as ever. All the flowers were picked near the beach side walk and in the case of the small mauve flowers on the beach. If you look carefully there is even some seaweed included
Wishing you all a happy 1st May
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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Charithea

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« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2020, 04:10:03 PM »
Proof that I am not 'yellow' colour prejudiced I have included our yellow roses. Mind you they were supposed to be a different colour when we bought the bush but I was told by the lady,  who sold it to me, that the labels got mixed up in the container on their way to Cyprus. I have now got to love their colour in the early morning before the sun fades them. Hilary your May wreath is 'natural' and also bright.
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I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.