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A Book of Nursery Rhymes/Part IV
If your Grandma was like mine, she'd have a pitter patter of proverbs or little sayings from her own childhood that she'd slip into our conversation to make a point, often a moral one [indeed! One of her favorites was the proverb "March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers". In Grandma's eyes, this visual imagery of showers-then-flowers captures Life's natural progressions. In response to my impatience, or rebelliousness at the time, she might even say, "Everything in its own good time, my dear. And rewards will come. There are developmental stages in life, just as in nature. As surely as spring follows winter, then summer
Even in areas where April showers are more common, rain might not have as strong an effect on flower blooms as lore suggests. According to David W. After an initial spring bloom, if enough rain falls during the summer, then some flower species can experience a second bloom late in the season. A paper in the journal PLOS ONE studied the ways in which increased springtime temperatures due to climate change have moved bloom times forward. At the turn of the decade, some flower species that have historically bloomed in mid-May had already begun to flower as early as April 1st.
How many days has my baby to play? Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace. Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child works hard for its living; And a child that's born on Christmas Day Is fair and wise, good and gay. Daffy-down-dilly Has come up to town In a yellow petticoat And a green gown. In April's sweet month, When leaves begin to spring, Little lambs skip like fairies, And birds build and sing. Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; February has twenty-eight alone, All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting Leap-year, that's the time When February's days are twenty-nine. The fair maid who, the first of May, Goes to the fields at break of day, And washes in dew from the hawthorn-tree, Will ever after handsome be.
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Swaths of the western and southwestern U. Rainfall in recent weeks has been near average on the Atlantic Coast and below average in the parts of the Midwest, according to the National Weather Service. Rain, in general, has an effect on timing and abundance of flowering, said David W. Inouye, a biology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Inouye, who has studied bloom times in the Rocky Mountains, noted that some plants flower at the start of a rainy season and that some species might flower a second time in late summer, following a good soaking. But in the nine years prior to the paper through , the mean spring temperature was In , a mean of