May wreath

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JTh

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Re: May wreath
« Reply #45 on: May 04, 2016, 09:59:22 AM »
My May wreath can't compete with the Charitea's and Hillary's, but I still think it's a nice idea to use what you have. Mine is made from wild flowers picked under our olive trees.


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Charithea

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« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2016, 11:48:53 AM »
Jorun your wreath is lovely.  A long time  ago before 'florist shops' appeared in Limassol most of the villagers here used any flowers they could find to make their May wreath.  My  mother and aunts being a farmer's daughters always welcomed May with wreaths and flowers. I am trying to instil this tradition to my daughter and granddaughter.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Umbrian

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« Reply #47 on: May 06, 2016, 05:56:33 AM »
You seem to appreciate perfume as much as I do Charithea, my Eleagnus angustifolia is also dominating in one area at the moment whilst Pittosporum truncatum situated close to the table where I eat my lunch makes that short break a scented pleasure.
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Charithea

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« Reply #48 on: May 06, 2016, 05:00:33 PM »
Yes Carol. The scent of flowers is very important to me. I became aware of the scent of bitter orange trees and Eleagnus angustifolia from a very early age as both trees grew in my mother's garden and in general in a lot of the village gardens. I came across Melia azedarach in my late teens and it was 'love' from the very first 'sniff'. The Melia was the first to be planted in our garden and John grew more from its seeds.  We now have three mature trees. The tallest/highest of them is situated at the end of the garden and it has been playing host to the Golden Orioles all this week. They sit at the top of its branches and call out. I stand under the other tree not far from the kitchen and watch them as the sunlight plays on their 'orange-yellow' feathers. The Eleagnus angustifolia was harder to find as it was out of fashion having been replaced by palms and rubber trees. We found one stick in the back of a nursery and it is now a tree full of tiny grey- yellow perfumed flowers.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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« Reply #49 on: May 07, 2016, 06:04:10 AM »
Scents do indeed being back memories - my first ones are of a large Philadelphus coronariusthat grew in the narrow back garden of the house I spent my early years in. I remember taking bunches of it,when in flower, to school. The overriding scent from those years however is of Chrysanthemums- everybody in the adjoining, terraced houses seems to grow some and their pungent scent would fill the air on damp autumn days.
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John J

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« Reply #50 on: May 01, 2019, 07:42:27 AM »
We seem to have skipped a couple of years on this subject, unless they have been posted somewhere else and I can't find them. Anyway, here is this year's May wreath.
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"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 #51 on: May 01, 2019, 09:48:51 AM »
Very pretty and lovely colours
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JTh

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« Reply #52 on: May 01, 2019, 11:09:43 AM »
Mine is not quite as elegant as Charitea's and it looks more or less the same as every year, but here it is, As usual, it's made with wild flowers growing under our olive trees and along the fence.
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Charithea

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« Reply #53 on: May 01, 2019, 11:24:19 AM »
Jorun your wreath is lovely and I like the colour combination.  Due to the pleantiful rain we have a garden full of flowers so it was easy to make the wreath.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Hilary

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« Reply #54 on: May 01, 2019, 04:15:24 PM »
MAY WREATH by the Gulf of Corinth
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Hilary

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« Reply #55 on: May 02, 2022, 06:50:57 AM »
Yesterday, May 1st we went out for a drive and ultimately to make this year’s May Wreath. The wreath which we make of wild flowers requires many Crown daisies as a base then different wild flowers added. Fields which had been overgrown and full of flowers a few weeks ago were suddenly all tidied up and either ploughed or the tall grass and flowers cut down. Here is this year’s effort 
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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