Sunday, May 4, 2014

Welcome May!

Nature is putting on its best show and
warmer weather is coming although in some parts of the
country moisture and southern winds refuse to give up.
Spring days are usually fickle and unsettled and can be
unseasonably cold, rainy, stormy or hot and sunny.
This year, May has arrived exactly this way. But...

But,on May first,soaking up the sun, enjoying 
the sweet wind blowing wearing lighter clothing 
and capturing spring’s awesomeness 
were fortunately quite possible for us.

The name of the month is in honor of the Goddess Maia,
a beautiful Greek nymph, mother of Hermes and one
of the wives of Zeus who was lately associated 
with the Goddess of Spring by the Romans.

To welcome the most glorious month of spring,
 we usually pay homage to the outburst 
of nature’s beauty. May Day is a bank holiday 
which allows us to feel free in the open air.
We gather flowers and decorate everything!
The prettiest flowers are carefully braided
into wreaths which hang on the doorways or 
balconies and remain in place until 24th 
(feast of St.John) when they are tossed 
and burned in great bonfires. 
Rural people also decorate their May wreath
with garlic for protection against the evil eye!

I couldn't break with traditions, so I made
my own wreath using the blooming flowers of 
our country garden but the balcony where
it stands is shady almost all day so the 
photos aren't so good.( 7th and last) 

Hope you are enjoying life's pleasures
and avoiding everything negative
evil or harmful.
Thank you so much for every little jot
you leave in my blog space. 


  1. This is so beautiful! The wild bouquet of first photo is stunning, your cat, the yellow climbing rose, the chickens, I love this all. I enjoyed the beauty of your pictures from the first to the last and again from the last to the first,

  2. What beautiful pictures. I enjoyed them very much.You are so much ahead of us in the garden. I can't wait to see our roses with flowers.
    Have a nice sunday

  3. Dear Olympia,

    if the may looks like your wonderful impressions, I will love him.
    Just in the moment the sun is shining but it´s very cold - 7 °.
    To cold for me an my flowers.
    I hope it will be better soon.

    Hughs and lovely greetings

    Your Bluemchenmama

  4. Ολυμπία,
    έχεις μία μοναδική ικανότητα να αποκαλύπτεις την ομορφιά στα μικρά και στα μεγάλα και να κάνεις τους γύρω σου κοινωνούς του απόλυτου ωραίου,από όπου και αν αυτό βρίσκεται...Μου αρέσουν τρελά οι φωτογραφίες μου και όλο το post,τί όμορφο to be real Greek στην πιο όμορφη χώρα του πλανήτη.Ευχαριστώ για το όμορφο κυριακάτικο ξεκίνημα.Φιλιά

  5. Oh my goodness Olympia, so many beautiful flowers, so many lovely photos! Happy May Day to you, what a lovely way to celebrate the coming of May!
    The roses are divine, I especially love the yellow climbing rose!
    thank you for sharing so much beauty from your lovely country house garden, it is amazing and it must be such a pleasure to wander around your garden!
    have a great weekend Olympia!
    Gill xx

  6. Dear Olympia,
    thank you so much for your wonderful ode to the may!
    The flowers and blossoms are a feast for the eyes!
    Have a nice sunday - and a sunny and joyful may!
    Hugs from Siret

  7. Hello Olympia:

    What a joy it has been to scroll down through these glorious flower 'portraits' in celebration of the arrival of May which, surely, must be one of the loveliest of all months.

  8. Dear Olympia,

    Lovely post to welcome May and I love all the pretty flowers and all you have shared.
    Hope that you are having a lovely Sunday and wishing you a great week ahead.


  9. Oh, geweldig, Olympia, wat weer een prachtige waterval van bloemen. Wat een prachtige omgeving waarin jullie verkeren.
    Zit ik zo mijn best te doen om wat bloemen op mijn balkon te krijgen.
    En je kat daar op de schutting, geweldig!
    Heerlijk zo'n extra dag vrij. Hier in Nederland wordt het amper meer gevierd en zeker geen vrije dag.
    Ik heb weer heel erg genoten van je prachtige foto's!
    Een fijne zondag verder!


  10. I know I have said it before, but I love visiting you through your posts, Olympia. I enjoyed reading about your May Day traditions and seeing all of the beautiful flowers. The cat looks quite content with his/her lofty view.

    So much loveliness!


  11. Olympia,

    So many roses already!
    In our garden at this moment only ONE rose is blooming. The rest stil to come.

    Your pictures are beautiful as ever, I really enjoy looking at them. I adore the one with the cat in it, and I also like the one with the red wall very much (wonderful painting you've got there)
    Nice wreaths. I want them too!

  12. Dearest Olympia,
    You for sure had a lovely May Day celebration with all your beautiful flowers. In the top photo I did recognize our BYZANTINE GLADIOLUS, 1629 heirlooms! They bloom so strongly for almost four ages; so glad we got them in our wood garden!
    Your Oxalis shamrock flowers are very healthy ones too! And the Rosa Banksiae Lutea Yellow Lady Banks Rose on the arbor is quite a show. We got those too but not on an arbor so pretty like yours.
    April and May are such lovely months and it is with fond memories that when I went to elementary school the children did always bring fresh flowers from the garden to be placed near a statue of our Holy Mary. Anything related to flowers will forever stay in our memories!
    Thanks for taking the time to capture all this exotic beauty for us on camera.
    Have a lovely Sunday afternoon!

  13. What a beautiful post! And the photo's are really nice, as usual. It looks like summer! We still have to wait a while for nature to give his show in our country. Till then I enjoy your colourful posts.
    Have a nice week. Greatings from Aleta

  14. Your garden is so beautiful, so many pretty flowers to see! I love your flowery teapot too! Hope that you get lots of time to sit and enjoy the flowers this week, thank you for sharing them with us! xx

  15. So many gorgeous sunny flowers, Olympia! This post is absolutely beautiful! I love the colourful way you photograph the flowers with other decorative things too....lovely to see!
    Wishing you a very Happy May!
    Helen xox

  16. I love your flowers and colorful home.

  17. May is one off the beautiful month off the year...everything is growing, and most plants show flowers.
    What a nice post Olympia, with a lot off beautiful flowers.
    Have a nice Week.

    Inge, my choice

  18. To visit your blog is like visit heaven! All lovely flowers, the light...I love it!
    Thank´s for sharing all this with us Olympia...

  19. Hello Olympia,
    grow this year and blooms all so strong and fast.
    Your flowers are gorgeous, so fresh, colorful and fragrant.
    May is a heavenly month. Since the spring is at its clearest.
    Have thanks dear for the show.
    Wish you a wonderful month of May.
    Love Forest Fairy Regards, Moni

  20. A really interesting post, and the most exquisite photographs. You have worked a little magic here I think.

  21. You show us the most wonderful flowers, thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Ingrid

  22. Such a pretty post Olympia - I love the dog roses climbing up the old tree with the distant views beyond.

  23. Olympia,
    Your May flowers are blooming beautifully. Aaahhh, the yellow roses are so pretty, and your cat looks very content just sitting there. May is one of my favorite months, as it is Mother's Day and my Birthday month. I love the sweet tea pot on here and the blue tray. Looking at your home items always make me smile. Our tastes are very similar, and I can see you love all things floral too.

    Have a peaceful weekend, and thank you for your comment on my "Jesse" post. It means so much to me and Nel.


  24. Cara Olympia. Trovo una bellissima usanza quella di decorare con i fiori per festeggiare l'arrivo di maggio , è il mio mese preferito. Tutto è in fiore o comunque comincia, ed il gran caldo non è ancora arrivato . L tue foto sono come sempre stupende, riesci a cogliere un'atmosfera di serenità e bellezza. Un'abbraccio e buona settimana.

  25. Chère Olympia!
    Que c' est beau chez toi avec tes roses, fleurs et chat!!!
    Merci pour ta gentille visite chez moi.
    Je n'achète pas une maison en Grèce!
    Je viens d'acheter un terrain pour faire une maison comme dans le Sud ...
    C' est pas facile parce que chez nous c' est difficile - c' est Allemagne et pas le Sud!
    J' espère en été le terrain est prêt et nous aussi avec des plans de construire ....
    Je te souhaite une bonne semaine dans ton beau pays chère Olympia!
    Je t' embrasse!

  26. Beautiful spring photos. I love the great variety of flowers you have. Your cat is beautiful too! Enjoy these lovely days, Olympia.

  27. What an abundance of flowers you have in your garden Olympia! It's a joy to look at! Those roses look magnificent and I love the little bouquets.

    Wishing you a happy week!

    Madelief x

  28. Such pretty photographs of your flowers Olympia and your beautiful home and your little cat is just gorgeous!
    Hope you're having a great week!
    Susan x

  29. Καλό μήνα Ολυμπία μου!Οι φωτογραφίες σου άκρως Ανοιξιάτικες!Χάρμα οφθαλμών!!Τό σπίτι σου,τόσο όμορφα στολισμένο!!Καλή εβδομάδα!Φιλιά!

  30. ~ Thank you for sharing your traditions and rituals with us all.....
    Olympia, May is a beautiful month ( my favourite).....Our little garden looks to be saying out loudly.." LETS PARTY!" hehe..
    Your garden and roses are breath taking...I am wondering is the furry friend on here yours ? Sooo pretty!
    Happy May blessings to you and yours
    hugs Maria x

  31. And what a beautiful May you've sweet Olympia! Your pictures are stunning and filled with so much colour and life. It is as always a joy for the soul to visit your blog.

    Take care my friend and enjoy your beautiful, beautiful May.♥


  32. Such a warm and beautiful welcom to the month of May! Having all these gorgeous flowers around you evey day... you're a lucky girl!

  33. That's a wonderful tradition to create a flower wreath to celebrate May Day. Your garden looks awash with so many flowers it is so lovely. Sarah x

  34. Hi!
    Thanks for visiting me! What a lovely blog you have! Wonderful Pictures:)

    Have a nice evening,



  35. Beautiful may pictures my dear,your garden looks amazingwith so many beautiful flowers.

  36. Such loveliness you have shared with us, Olympia! It is always a special treat to come and visit your beautiful blog. Your flowers are beautiful and I always enjoy your 'still life' photos of your pretty little things. Wishing you more beautiful days of May! Hugs xo Karen

  37. Dear Olympia,

    A beautiful post to welcome in the month of May and to be able to celebrate with so many gorgeous flowers - love the roses.
    Always a delight to come and say hello and many thanks for your kind note on my blog.
    Enjoy the warmer days -
    Sending hugs

  38. Hi Olympia your garden is so dreamy! And so are your beautiful flowers! Wishing you and your family a lovely month of May! The weather has changed and its raining! Looking forward to the the sunny weather... Hugs! Debbie

  39. Me again... Thanks for your sweet comment! Its been sad having to re-decorate our living room and saying goodbye to my treasures! Only doing it cause we are re-decorating and planing to move in the future. Would love to have a garden one day, since we only have a very small yard! That`s just one of the reasons why I love your blog so much! Sending another hug your way! :)

  40. Dearest Olympia,
    your post is like an explosion of colors! Love it!
    Hugs from Austria, Traude
    (⁀‵⁀,) ✿

  41. What a beautiful garden and flowers!! Thank you for showing. May is the best month ever.

  42. So much lovely photo's, Olympia! Many gorgeous flowers, I love the yellow
    roses very much, it's so beautiful. You have a wonderful blog. Have a nice
    weekend, and a nice week ahead!

  43. How wonderful to see God's offering of nature's beauty. Isn't spring the most beautiful season of the year? Your photos captured every detail of each subject. Lovely just lovely.
    Thank you for your visit Olympia and your thoughtful message. I'm so touched.
    Wishing you a wonderful week.


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