April Showers Bring May Flowers for Spring and Summer!


We have all heard the rhyme, "April showers bring May flowers" from a very early age.  It's popular to say in the spring time.  But, what is the history of the saying?  Being of an always inquiring mind, I decided to find out and share the information here.   


Beautiful flower design on alexandrite large hole slider lampwork beads handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads


The saying "April showers bring May flowers" can be traced back to the mid-1500s in England, although the idiom probably existed long before that.  A gentleman named Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings into a book he called "A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry".  In the April husbandry section he wrote a short poem:

Sweet April showers

Do spring May flowers


Bright and cheerful "Smarty Pants" graduation card with flower power flowers handmade by Lisa of Cards By Li Be!


Since people in the 1500s were mainly farmers, living very close to the land, they were very aware of the cycles of nature.  Now, they probably didn't analyze the the poem in a very scientific manner - they just knew rain in the spring brought flowers and a renewal of the life sustaining growing cycle.  Rain coupled with warmer weather, perfect for rapid plant growth, and the return of animals, mainly pollinators, helps ensure an abundant growing season.  Today the saying is often used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can, in the end, help things get better.

And, speaking of May flowers, here are more beautiful floral inspired handmade creations from artists on Indiemade:


Hand knit lacy baby hat and booties, 6-12 months, with flowers handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy



A lovely bookmark sports gold flowers and green lampwork beads, handmade by Mary Beth of The Twisted Redhead



A pink bandana with white flower medallions is certainly pretty for your sweet pooch - handmade by Donna of SewAmazin 



Vibrant boho style flower earrings with silver will hang prettily from your ears - handmade by Peggi of Pink Clouds and Angels



Sweet intaglio style stamped and burnished blue flower dangle bronze earrings handmade by Anna of Anna's Faire



Shimmering twilight cherry blossom dichroic fused glass pendant handmade by Jo of Umeboshi



Delicate copper filigree flowers and pink Swarovski dangle earrings handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs


I hope you enjoyed these flower selections and that this coming May brings you much spring time beauty. If you would like to make my day and the day of the artists featured, please leave a comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!


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A lovely bouquet!

You've collected a lovely bouquet of creations in this post, Catherine! Pinned them all and will share the blog. Thank you for including my pink dog bandana!

Thank you, Donna!

It was fun to pick this bouquet of beauties (: Many thanks for the pinning and the promo (: Belly rubs to your pretty girls from Seamus.

I am honored to be included

I am honored to be included in such a plethora of pretties ;) Thank you, Catherine. Sharing now, from here, of course.

Thank you, Anna!

A plethora pf pretties, indeed! Am glad to include your flower earrings, Anna (:

Beautiful Spring Flowers

Awesome selection of beautiful May flowers. After all the rains in April, flowers are blooming everywhere! Thanks for including my Alexandrite large hole lampwork bead.

Thank you, Charlotte!

Am so glad the flowers are blooming everywhere there, Charlotte. There's nothing so pretty as the wildflowers in Texas in the spring. Thank you for your comment (:

May Flowers Be Abundant In Your Life!

What a beautiful floral arrangement and an interesting piece of research as to where the saying came from.
Thank you for including my graduation card.


Thank you, Lisa!

Many thanks, Lisa! It was a pleasure pulling together this bouquet! Thought you also might enjoy the history since the saying seems to have come from your own home country (:

Beautiful item selections :)

Beautiful item selections :) What great handmade gifts for anyone!

Thank you, Gunilla!

Appreciate you stopping by and commenting, Gunilla. Thanks!

Great post! Thanks for

Great post! Thanks for including my baby booties and hat! Promoted :)

Thank you, Nancy.

Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

May flowers anyway?

Sadly, few April showers in Cali, however May flowers would be welcome nonetheless. And we're seeing a few beauties so all is not lost. Speaking of beauties... :) Some true floral delights in this blog, Catherine, and I thank you for including my bookmark with mini-flowers! Will be sharing whilst smelling the roses.

Thank you, Mary Beth!

Yeah, the lack of rain there has to be tragic, Mary Beth. Hoping your roses smell sweet. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


That was a cute little tidbit about where that saying came from! And, you picked some beautiful "flowers" to represent!

Thank you so much! Will share!

Thank you, Peggi!

Am always interested in words and sayings and their history. This one seemed appropriate for now. Many thanks, Peggi, for your comment!


Oh how I love April showers and adore May flowers. Thank you for the lesson - a most beautiful one filled with flowers!

Thank you, Barbara!

Am glad you enjoyed the beautiful May flowers from Indiemade, Barbara. Many thanks for your comment.

Lovely floral designs

Thank you for the lesson and for posting all of these lovely floral inspired designs.

Thank you, Diane!

My pleasure, Diane. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Spring Flowers

What a great assortment of flowers for spring! Thank you for including my dichroic glass pendant. I have pinned and will share with the world as well.

Thank you, Jo!

Thank you, Jo, for all the pins and the promo. It is greatly appreciated.

May flowers

I love seeing spring flowers, and the month of May usually brings an abundance no matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere! I enjoyed seeing the flower inspired handmade finds, too.

Thank you, Debbie!

With the extra rain and cooler temps we have enjoyed so far here in the desert, Debbie, the flowers are still blooming (usually they have quit by now). Hope you are enjoying yours! Thank you for your kind comment.

Great Post

I loved this post! Thank heavens for your curiosity because we all get to learn. I had to laugh when I saw Lisa's card. Now, that's funny! Shared

Thank you, Julie and Blu!

Hahaha . . . sometimes it's hard to turn off the curiosity in is brain, Julie - LOL! Lisa's card is too cool - glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by. Belly rubs to the Handsome Blu!

Wonderful picks! Shared.

Wonderful picks! Shared.

Thank you, Natalie!

Many thanks, Natalie, for the comment and the share (:

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