Springtime means rain showers in the Inland Northwest, and boy has it been pouring here! With the arrival of spring, the snow melts, the ground thaws, and the rain falls. On a typical spring day, we can experience rain or hail showers one minute and clear, sunny skies the next!
Sometimes spring showers may be troublesome – like when they cause your weekend picnic to be cancelled or soak your clothes on your way home. But spring showers are wonderful – they help plants grow and replenish our water reserves!
Did you know that even lightning can help plants grow? A flash of lighting gives off enough electric energy and heat to make oxygen and nitrogen combine into nitrates that help plants grow. The nitrogen mixes with the rain to fertilize the plants. So that’s why, after thunderstorms, the garden seems so refreshed and green. The flowers will definitely be perky here tomorrow!
The phrase “April Showers Bring May Flowers” goes all the way back to the mid 16th century. A poet and farmer named Thomas Tusser wrote the book A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry and in the April Section, the following poem was written:
“Sweet April showers do Spring May flowers.”
Patience through the most unpleasant times, like April showers, will eventually lead to beauty, like May flowers, is what he meant. As our language changed, so did how we said this old proverb, but the meaning never changed. So just remember this on these rainy Spring days and enjoy the beautiful blooms next month!
Here’s a little song to teach the kids when they get bored being stuck inside on a rainy day! Or try this fun flower craft!
April Showers Song
(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
Pitter patter rain drops (wiggle fingers to imitate rain)
Falling from the sky (wiggle fingers downward)
Here’s my umbrella (action of opening an umbrella)
Hold it high! (hands over head)
When the rain is over (bring hands down slowly)
and the sun begins to glow (make sun with arms)
Little flowers start to bud (kneel down)
Then grow, grow, grow!!! (slowly stand up)