Ne’er Cast a Clout Till May is Out

When I lived in the town I used to think this saying referred to the month of May. Since I moved to a rural area – where tradition generally seems to be stronger – I now associate the Hawthorn (Crataegus) or the May tree with the saying.

The flowers were on show today and looked wonderful and so pretty – and I’ve certainly cast a clout this week, as we are enjoying above average temperatures.

4 thoughts on “Ne’er Cast a Clout Till May is Out

    1. Yes, they are a little early I think. The weather has been unseasonally warm for around a month now which may have made the difference. I’m really interested in the folklore which surrounds them and have been doing a bit of research.


    1. Thank you! I think the very warm weather here has had an effect – it’s about 10 degrees centigrade higher than average for April in England at present. Lots of plants are ‘popping’ early!


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