Today is May 1st and before I say, ‘How in the world did that happen?’ I’m also going to tell you that today is also May Day – the day I used to fantasize about as a child because I had read stories depicting beautifully dressed children dancing around the Maypole and someone, a girl one would presume, would be crowned as ‘Queen of May’ . . . and well . . . I always wanted to be Queen . . . but there was a tiny little problem in that I was also a tomboy and therefore, did not fancy itchy dresses with white petticoats, lacy white ankle socks and black patent-leather shoes . . . and seriously, where on earth would one get a pole that tall with ribbons wrapped barbershop style . . . and how on earth would one place said pole in the ground . . . and please explain to the 8-year-old red-headed girl how that pole would stay upright while children danced around it holding those ribbons??? But I digress . . .
There was also the tradition of gathering a basket of sweet smelling flowers and leave them anonymously on your neighbor’s doorstep . . . and since it would be impossible for me to visit each of you in person with a basket of flowers, I will share these beautiful Wood Poppies we have growing in our garden. Don’t you just love the bright yellow color against that vibrant green?
Even though the Wood-Poppy is native to the Eastern US, we hadn’t seen one until we visited our Cincinnati family a couple of years ago; on one of our trips, my brother-in-law dug up a clump and sent it home with us. We’ve planted it in an area that is full shade and the poppy has now grown almost three times its size and is quite stunning in the spring. It sits between two purple rhododendrons and when both bloom at the same time, it’s quite a sight to behold.
We’ll be harvesting some of the seed pods in the next month or so and starting more Wood-Poppies to spread throughout our other gardens. Happy May Day . . . and dance around the Maypole if you get a chance . . . you never know, you may just be crowned ‘Queen of May’ . . . but really, how do they keep that Maypole upright???