April 10, 2019
April Fun Facts
In the northern hemisphere April is a most confusing month; rainy and wet one day, the next full of a warm promise of green growth to come. Besides the weather, the month is full of surprises and contradictions, prized for rebirth and endings, and a birth month to amazing geniuses and crazed despots both, making fun of astrological predictions.
You must love April. It is just like life.
April Is Named for Aphrodite
April is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. In the Roman calendar, the fourth month April is spelled Aprilis, meaning “to open.” Festivals which were planned for April included Parrilla, a day celebrating the founding of Rome.
The name Aprilis, then, fits April, because in so many places in the northern hemisphere April is the month when trees and flowers begin to bloom and go on to flower.
April’s Honorary Flowers are Daisies and Sweet Peas
Two flowers signify the month of April: the daisy and the sweet pea. The daisy symbolizes innocence, loyal love, and purity; but it also means “I’ll never tell!” The oldest daisy on record is the Bellis perennis, known as Daeges eage (or Day’s eye) in the Middle Ages because its petals close at night to cover the yellow center.
Today there are more than 90 varieties of flowers that are called daisies, and they come in red, yellow, purple, orange, blue, and pink colored petals, and vary widely in size. But they are, as director/writer Nora Ephron once wrote, “the friendliest flower.”
The sweat pea signifies blissful pleasure and are used to say goodbye. Sweet peas may be a pretty flower, but they are also one of the oldest food crops on our planet, domesticated by humans about 11,000 years ago.
The Diamond Is April’s Birth Stone
The birthstone for people born in April is the diamond, one of the hardest substances on earth, and one that formed deep in the earth, even if we don’t know how long ago that happened. The word diamond comes from the early Greek word adamas, meaning untamable and related to our word adamant. That’s because the Greeks knew a tough customer when they saw one. Among the earliest historical mentions of diamonds is found in the book of Exodus, where diamond (jahalom in Hebrew) is mentioned as one of twelve engraved precious stones set in the breastplate of the high priest.
Diamonds are said to bring all kinds of benefits to their owners, supposedly leading the wearer to experience better relationships and an increase in inner strength. They are supposed to bring balance, clarity, and abundance, and it is symbolic of eternal love and the bringer of wealth to six centuries of the diamond trade.
Poet William Wordsworth Was Born in April
The English poet William Wordsworth was born April 7, 1770, and one of his best-known poems is perfect for April in the northern hemisphere: “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” which he first published in 1807. Here’s a little snippet for an April day:
Noah Webster Copyrighted the First Edition of His Dictionary in April
The famous language expert Noah Webster was a bit of an April fool: one of his dearest wishes was to reform English spelling for Americans, to make it simpler and more obvious. While millions of school children could go for that; Webster’s proposals included removing all double vowels. Bread would be spelled bred; friend would become frend; tuf for tough, laf for laugh, kee for key, and speek for speak. He also wanted us to spell machine masheen, and pique peek.
His successes included changing plough for plow and draught for draft; but if you’re a poor speller, you might just peek your frends and attribute that to your fondness for April’s Noah Webster.
Leonardo da Vinci Was Born in April
What can you possibly say about Leonardo in 100 words? He was a painter, a scientist who painted many pieces of religious art; he was fascinated by the flight of birds and the mechanisms of guns. He was a Renaissance genius for his and any other time, capable of turning his hand to anything. And he was born in April.
William Shakespeare Born and Died in April
The Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare was another April genius, born on April 23, 1564, and died on or about his April birthday at the age of 52 in England in 1616. He may have stolen whole plots and plot twists from his fellow playwrights and ancient history, but his prose and poetic output is unmatched for originality and complexity. William Shakespeare is still rightly revered today.
A Snippet of a Poem for April by Sara Teasdale
There are so many different poems written for April that it’s hard to pick. Here’s one from Sara Teasdale, called April Song.
Willow, in your April gown
Delicate and gleaming,
Do you mind in years gone by
All my dreaming?
Spring was like a call to me
That I could not answer,
I was chained to loneliness,
I, the dancer.
Willow, twinkling in the sun,
Still your leaves and hear me,
I can answer spring at last,
Love is near me!
*Article Courtesy of Think.Co
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How to Buy and Plant Pansies
Pansies are perfect for providing color when the rest of the garden looks as if it’s beginning to shut down for the season. These cool-weather lovers can actually make it through frosts – and even single-digit temperatures – and then many varieties rebound in the spring. Here are some tips for getting the best out of your pansy crop:
Icicle pansies – so named for their ability to withstand winter freezes – come with a money-back guarantee that the flowers will not only survive a long, icy winter but bloom again in the spring. Select compact, not leggy, plants whose foliage is deep green. Before you buy, pop the plant out of its container; if it’s root-bound, don’t buy. Plants that are leggy or root-bound have a hard time getting established.
Planting time is critical. True, pansies can weather temperatures in the single digits and bounce back after the weather warms. But they can be that strong and resourceful only if they’ve had a chance to get a good footing before cold weather hits. For best results, plant pansies when the soil temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees. Soil temperatures below 45 degrees at planting time result in inactive roots, stunted plants, and little or no flowering. But if you plant too early – when the soil is above 65 degrees – you’ll wind up with leggy plants, yellowish leaves and few flowers. Pansies planted then are also more susceptible to frost.
The Icicle cultivars make pansy-planting a viable option for Northern gardeners. If you’re installing pansies in an established bed, rake away existing mulch to make sure you don’t incorporate it into the soil and thereby possibly create a nitrogen deficiency. Give pansies what they want: well-drained, rich soil in a sunny to partly shady location. Amend the soil with a little finished compost or rotted manure. To ensure good drainage and to help them stand out a bit more in your design, raise the planting bed by a few inches. Plant them anywhere from six to 10 inches apart; close spacing helps the bed look fuller, but wider spacing aids in good circulation and overall plant health. Deadhead the blossoms to extend flowering.
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