May in Croatia

May – Svibanj (svee-ban)

The month of budding trees. 


The Croatian months used with the Gregorian calendar differ from the original Latin month names. For example the Croatian word for May is "svibanj". This means month of budding trees and plants. Svibovina is the cornel tree. This tree family includes the dogwood family. 

Flowering dogwood on Korcula. 

Flowering dogwood on Korcula. 

And then of course all the olive trees are going nuts with their buds and blooms.  They are transforming the countryside from olive green to a creamy yellow. 

It's gotta be May.  

It's gotta be May.