A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Hawthorn


Hawthorn blossom known as May is prominent in the hedges now. The old saying of "Don't cast a clout til May is out" is said by many to refer to the flowering of hawthorn rather than the end of May.
The blossom was traditionally used for May Day garlands but was not taken indoors where it was said it would make your mother die!
Hawthorn is a member of the rose family and later in the year the red haw fruits are valuable food for many species of birds and animals.





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