April Showers Bring May Flowers

If you live in the USA, you’ve probably heard this saying.  As an aside, I can’t think of this saying without thinking of this little joke:  If April showers bring May flowers, than what do Mayflowers bring?  Pilgrims! 😉

So back to the flowers…  Our April was relatively rainy.  Especially last week at the very end of the month.  And it did seem to help bring about some new flowers!  I know I haven’t finished my series on the small farm workshops, but today I just wanted to take a few minutes to share some pictures of the flowers that are currently in bloom on our farm.

Bradford PearThis Bradford was bought at Aldi for $5 at the end of our first spring here – 15 years ago.  I thought I had a great deal.  A whole fruit tree for only $5!  Unfortunately I found when reading the tag on our way home that it produces “insignificant fruit”.  After a few years we figured what that meant.  The pears are about the size of my pinky fingernail.  But it’s better than the dead maple that was there before!

May Day giftThese flowers were delivered to us on May Day by a dear friend and her children.  Hannah put them in our hanging pots out back.

Nanking Bush Cherry

 

 

 

This is our Nanking Bush Cherry.  The first cherry tree we bought didn’t survive the massive 2-year Japanese Beetle invasion a few years after we planted it.  It only produced a handful of cherries and died.  A few years ago we planted this bush cherry instead.  I figured it was small enough that we could cover it with some kind of netting, if needed, to keep other critters from eating the fruit on us.  This is the FIRST time it’s flowered!  So, maybe we’ll get a few cherries this year.

ForsythiaForsythia.  We have several of these along the driveway.  Last year I took a beautiful picture of them on the other side of the drive.  This is the only one that is halfway blooming this year.  Not quite as impressive as last year, but better than nothing.

DaffodilDaffodil.  No big story here.  Just one of bulbs we’ve planted over the years.  I love daffodils.  They’re so cheery :)

Chives with budsThis doesn’t quite count as a flower – yet.  But the little brownish buds in the chives will be purple flowers in a few days.  The chives look amazing this year.  Tall and full.  Perfect for putting in goat cheese!

DandelionAnd, of course, the humble, perennial dandelion!  I know that there is an ongoing war on the poor dandelion, especially in the cities and suburbs.  But I’ve always liked them.  My moms’ yard was the only one on our block with dandelions because we didn’t have the money to spend on killing them on a routine basis.  My best friend’s mom once light-heartedly laughed about all the “pretty yellow flowers” we had in our yard.  We like them around here.  They brighten up the lawn.  They are also well-loved by goats and pigs.  The other day I had some greens in my lunch salad, and I think I’m going to have the children pick some flowers later so we can make fritters with them.  I did it once about 10 years ago.  Quite yummy, actually!

 

Happy Mother's DayAnd last, but not least!  As I was putting this together, Hannah brought me this little bouquet of wildflowers as an early Mother’s Day gift.  One day they’ll all be grown up and won’t bring me flowers so often and I’ll miss it so much!  But, by then I hope to  have lots of grandchildren to do it instead.

Have a great week, and take some time to at least look at the flowers, if not smell them!