This was first published on May 8, 2014 as an email newsletter.
“Tra la! It’s May! The lusty month of May! That darling month when ev’ryone throws, self-control away. It’s time to do a wretched thing or two, and try to make each precious day, one you’ll always rue!
It’s May! It’s May!
The month of “yes you may.” The time for ev’ry frivolous whim, proper or “im.” It’s wild! It’s gay! A blot in ev’ry way. The birds and bees with all of their vast, amorous past, gaze at the human race aghast,
The lusty month of May.”
Guenevere sings in “Camelot” by Lerner and Loewe
In 1967 the screen version of Camelot was released, starring Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere. Check out the You Tube video of this song and note the late sixties–meets–Arthurian costumes….no good sorcery there, but the music is timeless…
And I doubt the folks in the song were gardeners or garden designers. All I can say is, my personal rendition of a May Day ends with an Advil chaser and either a heating pad or ice pack. Should I have the energy to be “wild” and “frivolous” after visiting many gardens to help folks solve problems, create prettier spaces, or mulching, planting and executing assorted other chores in my own piece of green, it might be in over-spending at the garden center. I pray for stamina and a bit of self control.
This said, I do admit to plant lust.
I also have poppy envy.
Pictured, not from my own garden, but from my friend and fellow gardener Bob’s space, are these gorgeous poppies. I don’t know which I like better: the nodding heads of the furry buds or the fluttery-petaled open variety. He said to stop by in a few days when more open. I may not sleep until then…Better than Dorothy’s dream will be my anticipation..