5. May Days

Check for nesting birds nests in hedges and shrubs.

Watch for bats at dusk.

Peony buds emerge and explode like floral fireworks.  Richly exuberant.  Peony have short-lived blooms, but are spectacular for as long as they last.

By mid-may the lilac are in bloom – fragrant and abundant.  Always makes me dream of Chagall’s lyrical donkeys and flying lovers and fiddler players.  Lilac are the flower of young love.  Of the tides of spring.  Of the surge of life in all it’s ferocity.

Bearded iris come into flower late May.

Summer migrant birds such as swifts, swallows and martins arrive to the UK in April and May, having wintered in Africa.