Spring Spring Spring!

April Showers and April Flowers....Ah, April again!

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The urge to snap....

Hammers are pounding across the street as a new structure is joining the neighborhood. The roofers are trying to get at least the plywood sheets on before the sheets of April rains dampen the builders' spirits.

Welcome as the rains will be, I made the rounds of watering roses, tulips, jonquils, grape vines, and other shrubs and fruit trees that needed gallons of encouragement while the April showers lined up to deliver or not.

While the sun was shining, however, the first order of the day was to capture some of the abundant April beauty that is already showing forth. It isn't time for gladiolas and snapdragons here, but it was time to snap, and snap, and snap the perishable beauty of the April moment.

The watering got done, too, and the April rain arrived as a pittance, or a prelude, later in the day after first blocking out the welcomed sunshine.

Cherry blossoms and time to hang out the "Vacancy" sign.

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The Tidal Basin cherry blossoms are a sight to behold, but I prefer my own variety which actually produce cherries!  Some first of the apple blossoms are in the foreground.
The Tidal Basin cherry blossoms are a sight to behold, but I prefer my own variety which actually produce cherries! Some first of the apple blossoms are in the foreground. | Source
The plum blossoms on the Santa Rosa Plum tree are already starting to drop, and April showers will speed the process.
The plum blossoms on the Santa Rosa Plum tree are already starting to drop, and April showers will speed the process. | Source
The cherry blossoms will endure for awhile to let the busy bees get around to them.  The apricot trees to the left have already dropped their blossoms.
The cherry blossoms will endure for awhile to let the busy bees get around to them. The apricot trees to the left have already dropped their blossoms. | Source
The apple trees are just starting to blossom.  The pear trees are in full blossom.
The apple trees are just starting to blossom. The pear trees are in full blossom. | Source
This is a cling peach called "Flat And Wonderful". It has a good flavor and its peaches are shaped like donuts.
This is a cling peach called "Flat And Wonderful". It has a good flavor and its peaches are shaped like donuts. | Source
These are two small ornamental pears.  Its tiny pears are edible,but most are raised just for the April beauty of the blossoms.
These are two small ornamental pears. Its tiny pears are edible,but most are raised just for the April beauty of the blossoms. | Source

The saying is that "April showers bring May flowers." April has its own beauty, if we just look around and put our cameras to work!

April in the United States of America brings with it some of the wild weather of March, and some of the beauty of May. It all depends on what part of the USA you are talking about.

There are specified Climate Zones which are generally referred to in order to determine when it is typically safe to plant crops without fear of killing frosts.

While it may be 85-90 F. in Arizona, it can still be -5 F. in North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, This April has seen snow on the east coast, and even here where these signs of spring are abundant this year, we had snow last year on April 20th and lost much of the fruits in 2015 that we hope to enjoy from the blossoms of April 2016 here in Climate Zone 4.

Fruit or no fruit, both Aprils have had abundant beauty for us to enjoy, for it is "Spring, Spring, Spring!" again this year.

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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

I hope you don't get a repeat of snow in April. In Virginia, the weather cannot quite decide whether it wants to be winterlike or summerlike. It varies remarkably, unpredictably and we just adjust. The hummingbirds have already begun to arrive, however. That makes me very happy.


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Perspycacious 7 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FourishAnyway - I just planted a Nanking Cherry bush on my front lawn. The last time I ordered three from Gurney's and they sent me three water-gobbling Chinese Elms!!! Those have been cut down every spring and still think they should belong here! The latest (real) one replaces a white birch that got infested and died some years back. Now the real one will be surrounded by mint growing in a circle around it. No April snow, yet.


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aviannovice 7 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This is my favorite time of year as you know, for the resident birds, as well as the migrants that come through. Hope that you have many settle on your real estate to raise families.


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Perspycacious 7 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Posted to your Timeline just now. Enjoy! It is indeed my REAL estate. Three more "trees" to plant today: 2 edible Chinese Chestnuts, and a Black Currant Bush (to go with the two Red Currants that are in blossom today.)

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