“Ne’er cast a cloot til Mey’s oot”

According to folklore the saying “Ne’er cast a cloot til Mey’s oot” conveys a warning not to shed any cloots (clothes) before the summer has fully arrived and the may flowers (hawthorn blossoms) are in full bloom. The Hawthorn is a rather common tree in the English countryside and usually in May it gives a beautiful display of clusters of small flowers. It is therefore also sometimes called the May Tree and the blossom itself has also been called May. The Hawthorn belongs to a large genus of shrubs and trees called Crataegus. There are many species and hybrids and the flower colours include, white, pink and red.

Photo: Red Hawthorn

Hawthorn Red low res

Photo: White Hawthorn

white blossoms low res

Photo: Red Hawthorn

Hawthorn Red 2 low res

Photo: White Hawthorn over water

Hawthorn White water low res

Photo: White Hawthorn blossoms

Hawthorn White 2 low res

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