April Showers bring Mayflower(s)

In 1557, a man by the name of Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called "A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry." In the April husbandry section, he wrote:


Sweet April showers

Do spring May flowers


(credit: Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Milton Johnson army.mil/article )


This memorable poem has underlying meanings that parents are apt to use when things go awry or things going off track with their kids, "April showers bring May flowers" is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case, the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed -- even an abundance of flowers in May. "April showers bring May flowers" is also a lesson in patience and one that remains valid to this day.




The early weeks of April still offer chilly days, but mostly warmer so that there is more likely rain, rather than snow. And yes, up come the flowers. Where am I going with this?

Why flowers, of course. You know how I love painting flowers. (See the blog post Coneflowers Galore.


Let's start with these delightful seed packs: Mayflowers, Marigolds, and Mountain Meadows kit.









Are you ready for a watercolor tutorial? Let's paint a few quick marigolds: [2 min. 41 sec]








flower marigold yellow orange green leaves petals
Marigold watercolor


I love seed pack art, especially vintage packs. It gives me pleasure to do reproductions (that are long past copyrighted). My only problem is that I do not have calligraphy skills (practice as I may), so I have to put in the lettering using editing software like Photoshop.


Here are some samples from Society6 collection "Vintage Seed Packets"




Flowers are such tokens of affection this time of year. Valentine's Day was the most recent occasion but coming up is Mather's Day, where roses are a possible choice for a gift.

April to May the flowers begin to shine their colors for us to behold: crocus, daffodils, tulips, and iris begin to soak up the rainy days, then sunshine which then give us joy:






I dabble in a bit of genealogy and my ancestors came from Poland in the early 1900s. My grandmother was 22 years old when she came into Ellis Island with two stepchildren in tow. I can't imagine how frightening that was. A strange, but promising new world. I have to wonder what prompted her to leave the country of her birth.


Going back farther: what was it that about 100 people were seeking when they boarded a ship named the Mayflower heading for a place unknown where they could find religious freedom from The Church of England. Destined to settle in Plymouth, the pilgrims had to deal with cramped quarters and rough seas making the trip dreadful.


Intending to land in Virginia, the ship was thrown off course by storms. As a result, the ship landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


For more on the Voyage of the Mayflower




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That is your history lesson for today. Back to flowers. Can you tell I love flowers? And birds. Check my home page -----> flowers, birds, insects !!!



Welcome, spring!




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