Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day blooming

On my way to work this morning I saw masses of honeysuckle flowers blooming for the first time this year. It made me smile to remember how, as a kid, I used to pick apart the flowers to taste the tiny drop of nectar inside. (I wonder if children still do that?) After I got home, I saw that a local friend of mine had posted lovely pictures of "the first honeysuckle of the year" on her Facebook page. Apparently they bloomed overnight all over town, and it makes me happy to know that I'm not the only person who noticed and appreciated it!

Honeysuckle seems so appropriate for May Day; those pretty little yellow and white flowers are an early summer staple in Southern gardens and roadsides. The sweet fragrance is equally attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and people.

Happy May Day, everyone!

L. japonica
Japanese Honeysuckle


  1. Honeysuckle always reminds me of my childhood, but I have no idea why.

    1. Me too! It reminds me of long summer days when it seemed like eons before we had to go back to school. I sure do miss childhood summers.

  2. I've been trying to get a cutting from a honeysuckle to root, but alas I think it's done for. I love them though - very pretty! Happy May to you!