April Showers Bring May Flowers - An ActiveRain Challenge

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April Showers Bring May Flowers -

An ActiveRain Challenge

"April showers bring May flowers" -- this quote is a reminder that even the most unpleasant things (in this case, the heavy rains of April) can bring about very beautiful and enjoyable things indeed -- including  an abundance of flowers in the month of May!

The saying comes from an English poet, Thomas Tusser, who wrote "sweet April showers, do spring May flowers" in the late 1500's. 

So, do April Showers bring May Flowers?

Maybe.  Rain is definitely an important factor when looking at Spring blooms, but temperatures are actually "more" influential.

Warmer temperatures signal to flowers when Spring is on its way and when it's safe to bloom, however, as we've seen from April and May's rollercoaster of temperatures, this is not always how it goes.

The following pictures depict my home in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and how far we have gotten as of yesterday -- in time for Memorial Day Weekend! This was a concerted effort by my best friend, my husband and myself.  Pictures by Diana Dahlberg

             shopping for flowers        Barb on Tractor

                 Trunk filled with New Flowers!!!               My Best Friend/Gardener Barb

       Spiderwort     Jacobs ladder     Iris

           Spiderwort "Zwanenburg Blue"           Heavenly Habit "Jacob's Ladder"                            Purple Iris

        Mulch         Ron doing garden

                       Bought 66 Mulch Bags Steins                                            Took Ron 3 days to lay Mulch

Our finished Project -- Now we await the Blooming of Flowers to BEGIN!!!

Front Garden

Front of House Flower Gardens

Springbrook Road Garden - East

This blog was written as an entry into the Active Rain May Challenge by Debe Maxwell, CRS 


Comments (16)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Impressive yard and garden Diana, a lot of work paying off with a beautiful yard.

May 27, 2023 08:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diana, i know this post is about flowers but I must admit I loved your statues of the squirrels:)Endre

May 27, 2023 09:53 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Diana Dahlberg beautiful flowers.  Your post reminded me that I still need to post my entry into this months ActiveRain challenge.

May 27, 2023 10:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's a lot of mulch! Great job - you'll enjoy that all summer!

May 28, 2023 05:01 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

I love the trunk full of flowers, Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Weekend. Bill Salvatore with Arizona Elite Properties. 

May 28, 2023 05:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Diana. Having lived in the concrete jungle of downtown Chicago for years, the wife and I are considering a move to the suburbs so she can do some gardening. Not on your scale, but a garden. You do good work! Enjoy your day.

May 28, 2023 05:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks really good, your hard work has certainly paid off!  You mention rain being important and since we don't get much rain in my area, I am sure that is a reason that not everything grows well here.

May 28, 2023 05:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Diana... as a non-gardener whose only plant in her house is an artificial silk bamboo tree, all I can say is I'm truly impressed by what you have accomplished.

May 28, 2023 06:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, first glad you got your videos inserted, very nice!   You do have to wait for weather sometimes in order to plant flowers.  Great job.

May 28, 2023 09:00 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I was smiling while looking at the car trunk filled with flowers.  There is nothing that makes the heart sing more than coming home from the nursery with new flowers and plantings in springtime.

May 28, 2023 11:19 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Diana.

To be a plant lover is to cultivate a sense of joy and fulfillment. Your shared passion for nurturing life must bring a sense of reward and satisfaction that can only come from the work of the heart.

Your dedication to caring for the natural world is truly inspiring."

May 28, 2023 01:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Diana- wow...my gardening efforts have shrunk over the years and I am in awe of your garden!!! That's a lot of care and maintenance.

May 28, 2023 06:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, Diana, your yard is gorgeous and I love your raised beds - just so beautiful! I'm with you on the temperatures but, rain definitely helps, for sure. We didn't have devastating rains here in Charlotte but, just enough. The cooler temperatures led to a bit of a delay for many across the country too.

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous May flowers and stunning landscape with us this month!

May 28, 2023 07:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Diana:

Thank you for sharing the such beauty in your yard. Your hard work has been well worth it!


May 30, 2023 05:34 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Definitely a concerted effort!  Glad you liked it.  Now I am enjoying the daily changes taking place as the blooms burst forth!

May 30, 2023 05:44 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Not many people would drive around with a trunk filled with flowers. Do you keep the trunk open so they can get the sun when you are showing houses?

Jun 02, 2023 06:50 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Very funny Ed Silva ... actually as soon as I got home I opened the trunk so I could put each flower pot in the place it was going to be planted.  If I had the trunk closed for too long it would cook those plants.  LOL

Jun 02, 2023 08:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Diana Dahlberg - WOW! What  great blog post to show off your spring flowers! Oh, and all that land! Many people have a home but few has so much rich soil to plant and grow! I hope your summer flowers are ever blooming giving you much joy and frequent flyers like butterfies too!

Jul 02, 2023 04:51 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Your comments reminded me of a prayer I used to say as a child:  "God is good, God is great, and I thank him for my food (flowers, parents, health, etc)

Jul 05, 2023 12:31 PM
Diana Dahlberg

The flowers are taking off and I think my favorite plant (amongs many) is the Clematis ... Daisy ... Iris ... God sure has given us alot of beautiful nature all around us!  Thanks for reading my post Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Jul 03, 2023 02:18 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Diana Dahlberg - Your flowers are Heaven sent leaving you with the scent of appreciation. I am always in awe by how well we are blessed by the nature around us, always full of surprises! I look at your lawn and think to myself, God's green acres are good and great. 

Jul 03, 2023 06:34 PM