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In spring it is always fun to put all your senses together and search out the elusive mayflower, also known as trailing arbutus. Epigaea repens grows in the open woods where I live. You usually have to search for the trailing leaves and lift them to find the flowers.


mayflower 4


touch: the leaves are furry on the underside and smooth above; the petals of the flower are waxy.


smell: the flowers are fragrant with a sweet, almost heady perfume.


sight: the flowers are white to faintly pink; leaves are green with coppery brown surfaces and edges.


mayflowers crop


Trailing Arbutus

(Epigaea repens L.)


on the slope, new leaves

Trientalis, Gaultheria

Star-flower, Wintergreen,

vines of Partridge-berry creep

Maianthemum unfurls


beneath the din, a melody

weeps Epigaea, evergreen

pressed to the hillside

leather armour, thickened leaves

weather-beaten, worn


waxy bloom resists

subtle shadow


unrelenting rain



Mayflowers cropped


all my best,

staying at home,


Written by jane tims

April 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

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  1. I love to have the knowledge shared with the visual that you offer with your photography and then with your art…
    Then when you put your words of poetry into the mix WoW…nature comes to life through you…
    Thank you so very much for sharing…
    I would love to be able to share this on my facebook page. Could that be done with your permission?

    Liked by 1 person


    April 23, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    • yes, you have my permission. Mayflowers are blooming in lots of places. Glad you liked my post!


      jane tims

      April 24, 2020 at 10:08 pm

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