5 on 5: May Flowers

About the 5 on 5 Project: Post five photos on the fifth of each month – a no pressure project with like-minded photo friends. No rules and no themes, just tell a story with some favourite photos from the previous month, and link to the next photographer in line. Easy and pressure-free. Enjoy!

April showers bring May flowers.


or so they say.

And thankfully, “they” are usually right!

Nothing says Spring like the sight of cheery flowers. Daffodils just make me smile. And tulips. Happy, happy flowers. The past few months had been so dismal and grey, a seemingly endless lull between winter and Spring, and the sight of these beauties was a welcome breath of fresh air.


Spring Daffodils
You KNOW it's Spring when you start seeing these beauties.

Formerly grey shadows in my garden began to turn a luscious green and Mama Nature finally started to put on her show.

Tiny Blooms
Teeny-tiny dainty little blooms. I love how they live in the shadows of my garden.

The May long weekend found me (and a gazillion other like-minded, nature-starved townspeople) at the garden centre, picking and choosing flowers and shrubs to fill my deck planter boxes. Surprisingly, quite a few perennials survived the April ice storms so I only had a few spaces to fill. A pot of Chrysanthemums from Mother’s Day were still alive and well on my kitchen table, and they’re now quite happily residing outside in the main deck planter. How’s that for recycling?

Mums in the flower boxes. Apparently ants hate them. I say apparently because MY ants crawl all over them.
Magnolia Blooms
THE show-stopper of Spring. Magnolia blooms.

It’s always anyone’s guess whether my neighbour’s Magnolia tree will put on a show. Last year there were only a few blooms.

This year, it was magnificent. Blooms, blooms and more blooms. So pretty.

And of course, what’s Spring without the requisite dandelions? I swear they arrive before the snow has even melted.

Misunderstood dandelions. They just want to be loved for who they are.

I don’t mind dandelions, actually. I think they’re quite cheerful.

In somebody else’s yard.

Kris McNeil is up next, showcasing her favourites for this month’s 5 on 5. Kris is new to our group and I’d LOVE it if you would go stop by her blog and show her some love.

  • Lianne
    Posted at 07:00h, 05 June Reply

    You, Kim and I have a theme going! I love your style, can’t wait to see your view each month. These photos are SO spring, so lovely. And can I say, the dandelion photograph delights me! Love.

    • janice
      Posted at 12:28h, 05 June Reply

      Thanks Lianne! I’m loving your new balcony retreat. So awesome!

  • kim thompson steel
    Posted at 12:19h, 05 June Reply

    I sense a theme going on! I love the film look you have given your images – I want to walk right into that world.

    • janice
      Posted at 12:29h, 05 June Reply

      Thanks Kim! I want to tag along on your next shopping trip ;)

  • Stephanie Smith
    Posted at 12:37h, 05 June Reply

    Just stunning. I love your dramatic use of color and contrast!

  • Suki
    Posted at 12:46h, 05 June Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I really love the pop of the flower in the second photo. And who doesn’t love Magnolia’s?! They can be so so beautiful in bloom

    • janice
      Posted at 22:02h, 05 June Reply

      Aren’t they? I love it when the tree gets so many blooms. I love it when it gets only one! LOL

  • Kris McNeil
    Posted at 14:00h, 05 June Reply

    Ahhhh spring! I love the texturing here. Spring has been gone for a long time in Texas, so this is just delightful to see.

    • janice
      Posted at 22:03h, 05 June Reply

      Thanks Kris! it was a looooong winter here!

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