May Day Basket

Basket of Ox-eye Daisy and Bachelor Buttons on dock | ©

Happy May 1st! I’m celebrating with a May Day Basket, hanging on our dock post instead of a doorknob!

Singing the Wildflower Blues: Bachelor Buttons | ©

I’ve been Singing the Wildflower Blues this week, in praise of Bachelor Buttons, also know as Cornflowers, blooming in the field next to my Potting Shed.


Ox-eye daisy, a common roadside daisy, popped up this week to join the Bachelor Buttons, free for the picking.

Basket of Ox-eye Daisy and Bachelor Buttons on dock | ©

Basket of Ox-eye Daisy and Bachelor Buttons on dock | ©

Both are considered noxious weeds since they’re so invasive. . .


But ideal for a dockside May Day Basket with a nod to the charming and forgotten tradition of filling a basket with flowers to leave on your neighbor’s or friend’s door on the first day of May.

Basket of Ox-eye Daisy and Bachelor Buttons on dock | ©


Happy first day of May . . .

May all your Weeds be Wildflowers | ©

May all your Weeds be Wildflowers. ♥

Basket of Ox-eye Daisy and Bachelor Buttons on dock | ©

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  38 comments for “May Day Basket

  1. Linda L
    May 1, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Happy May Day! What a charming may basket. I think I like wild flowers best of all.

  2. Karen S
    May 1, 2016 at 7:12 am

    What a beautiful sight. Cold and rainy here in Michigan so I soooo appreciate seeing your fabulous basket and sunny skies. Thanks alot. Karen

    • May 1, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Yes, it’s so nice to see such lovely flowers can’t wait until they start popping up! My daughter (6) keeps bringing me bouquets of Violet’s which are very pretty too. She’s a sweetheart.
      My grandma gave me a pack of bachelor buttons. I had no idea they were related to cornflower. The pack I have are annuals and look just a tad different than their wild cousin. Thanks for the pretty pics!

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    May 1, 2016 at 7:47 am

    HAPPY MAY DAY to you too!! I love your basket and those wildflowers..the only wildflower in our backyard right now is the wild mustard in the farm field behind us and those will soon be gone to have soy beans or corn to replace them..cold rain all day yesterday so hopefully today we will get some sun..I love May..I am preparing for our girls May Crowning Luncheon on Wednesday..too bad we don’t have those daisies & cornflowers to add to our ceremony..enjoy your day!! 🌺🌼🌸

  4. Miche lle
    May 1, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Happy May Day! Your basket of wild flowers is beautiful,🤗🌻🌾have a great week!😎🌴

  5. Jan Partin
    May 1, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Beautifully photographed and makes me HAPPY

  6. Sue
    May 1, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Happy May Day!!!! Hope you have a great first of May and all the rest!!

  7. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    May 1, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This is gorgeous. I love your basket and the fields of flowers are breathtaking.

  8. May 1, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Your freebie flowers make a lovely bouquet together! On a cloudy, rainy day here in Northern Virginia, your photos are most welcomed! Thanks for posting them.

  9. donley1214
    May 1, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Happy May Day. What a beautiful display of nature. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Cyndi Raines
    May 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

    How refreshing Mary – very pretty. Love the long basket. The flowers are lovely against the water background. Happy 1st of May!

  11. May 1, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Happy May Day to you, too, Mary! Your basket filled with daisies and bachelor buttons is beautiful hanging on your dock post. Maybe you’ll enjoy a ride in the boat today with a picnic? I’m sure Chloe and Gracie would love that. Happy Sunday to you!

  12. Diane
    May 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Hi Happy May day to you as well! Beautiful arrangement!

  13. Anne
    May 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Happy May. What I would not give for a field of wild flowers like yours. They are lovely.

  14. Sandi Allen
    May 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Happy May Day to you also! What a Beautiful Basket of wild flowers. Love that Basket.

  15. Paula
    May 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Happy May Day !! love your charming basket of wild flowers, and the fields look so pretty God truly knows how to plant beauty!


  16. May 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Mary, I’d love to have that basket of Bachelor Buttons and Ox-eye Daisies hanging on my door. What a simple, beautiful way to welcome May! I love this tradition and plan to deliver some May baskets later today. When I was teaching, if we were in school on May 1st I’d have my students hang paper cones of simple little blooms on the door of their past year’s kindergarten teacher. They loved the mystery of doing this anonymously. It’s such a simple, sweet thing to do for others.
    Thanks for the visit to my May post. I hope it was permissible to use your photo. I sent a note to ask, but guess I’m still using an old email. Happy May Day to you and the girls. Hope it’s a month filled with special times.

  17. Stephanie
    May 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    What a breath of fresh air and beauty. It’s raining cats and dogs here in NJ on the first day of May. Boo!

  18. Sandy Park
    May 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Sooooooooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing and Happy May Day to you.

  19. kathy waterhouse
    May 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    SO lovely…great idea!

  20. Liz
    May 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Life gets so busy and these wonderful traditions go by and I think of them too late. I admire what you do. You have such good taste and the very best ideas.

  21. Kim
    May 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, Mary those are beautiful! I wish I had a field of flowers to pick from. How fun!!

  22. May 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    That is one gorgeous May basket. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a basket of that shape/size, but I love it.

  23. May 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Gorgeous! One of my most favorite wild flower combinations!

  24. May 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Happy May Day Mary! Your wildflowers are beautiful and they must give pleasure to everyone who boats past your dock! Linda

  25. franki
    May 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Back in my “grade-school days” in a one room school house attended by my grandfather, father, etc. we always had May baskets and a May Pole with colored crepe paper streamers. I luv your wildflower basket!! franki

    • Myrna
      May 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      We were talking about May Day recently. Whatever happened to May Day and the Maypole in schools ?

  26. May 1, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Now that’s MY type of weed Mary-enjoy and Happy May:@)

  27. Patti Culver
    May 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Growing up in upstate NY, we always delivered May Day baskets to our neighbors. Here in St. Louis, where I live now, people look at me like I’m nuts. Most have never heard of May Day. Your basket is beautiful and I love wild flowers. I planted some earlier this Spring. I hope they grow!

  28. May 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Happy May Day! Love your flowers!

  29. May 2, 2016 at 8:27 am

    How delightful Mary! A May day basket on the pier is such a cute idea! You’ve inspired me to do some red white and blue on our pier for the summer holidays and decorate for the boat parade that is always going by. Your basket is adorable, and wild flowers must be nature’s apology for weeds :)

  30. May 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Now you’re talking with my beach keen colors!

  31. May 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Mary, your May Day basket is beautiful and I like that you just cut the wild flowers in the field next to your potting shed! We sometimes think we have to spend money for something to be lovely when it is right under our nose! Thank you for all your fabulous inspiration! Pam @ Everyday Living

  32. May 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Well, I never knew about that tradition! I am going to remember to do that next year. Your basket of wild flowers is beautiful!!

  33. May 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    A most beautiful way to start off the Month of May with that gorgeous May Day basket….I love wildflowers….I love how the sides of the roads, especially in NC are adorned with them….

  34. May 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    So beautiful you want to lay down in it but DON”T! My daughter-in-law laid down in a field of forget me nots in Texas for a photo right before her wedding and she got poison ivy! Poor thing she’s in Scotland on a honeymoon with poison ivy!!

  35. Kathy T
    June 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

    How can any beautiful wildflowers be called a noxious weed? I know here in Texas, though most of us love blue bonnets, I have read that the ranchers don’t like them because the cattle won’t eat them and they can fill up their fields as well. I always look forward to spring here and all the beautiful flowers along the roadside. I’m surprised the bachelor buttons don’t pop up around here.

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