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WRITERS SPEAK OF APRIL
WRITERS SPEAK OF APRIL
There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.
William Cullen Bryant
Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.
April is a promise that May is bound to keep.
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
“April is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in the garden.”
― Marty Rubin
“But why should the daffodils and tulips
Get all the praise and blessings?
My rebirth goes unnoticed- I am worthy
Of smiles and dazzled cries of worship.”
― Lea Malot, Coffins & Rhinestones
March is perhaps the most turbulent month of the year, but what can you expect from a month named after the god of war. Named after the Roman god of war, March was the first month on the Roman calendar. It is the month spring appears, daylight savings time begins, madness in celebrating the Irish and basketball reign supreme, can be either lamb or lion or both in the same day. Gardeners may spend a sunny day working in balmy weather one day and awake the next to find their work covered in snow. We must be aware of the Ides of March, wear green and drink green beer, begin to plant, and always make sure we have two weather extremes covered when leaving for work on March mornings.
Daily Holidays and Observances
Daily Holidays and Observances
01 National Burrito Day
02 Autism Awareness Day
03 National Find a Rainbow Day
04 Last Day of Passover
05 Gold Star Spouses Day
06 National Librarian Day
07 World Health Day
08 National Alcohol Screening Day
09 Day of Silence
10 National Siblings Day
11 National Pet Day
12 National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
13 National Scrabble Day
14 National Gardening Day
15 National High Five Day
16 Emancipation Day
17 World Hemophilia Day
18 National Haiku Poetry Day
19 Patriots' Day
20 National Look Alike Day
21 Administrative Professionals Day
21 International Creativity and Innovation Day
22 Earth Day
23 National Picnic Day
24 National Rebuilding Day
25 National Telephone Day
26 World Intellectual Property Day
27 Confederate Memorial Day
28 National Superhero Day
29 International Dance Day
30 Arbor Day
- We know it is the fourth month of the year, but that’s only by the Gregorian calendar that we adhere to now. It was previously the fifth month in the earlier Julian calendar.
- April also only had 29 days, but a 30th day was added when Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar.
- In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the seasonal equivalent to October.
- No one is sure how the month ended up with its name, but we do know the Romans named it “Aprillis.”
- The etymology behind the word “April” comes from the verb “aperire,” which means “to open.” It’s commonly believed that the word refers to the season of trees and flowers begin to “open” or bloom.
- Those who were born in April have a diamond as their birthstone, which represents innocence. Their birth flower is either a Daisy or a Sweet Pea.
- There are two zodiac signs in April. Aries, which is until April 19th, and Taurus, which is April 20th and onwards.
- April is a great month for meteor showers. One of which is the Lyrids meteor shower, which appears from April 16th to April 26th each year. There’s another one called the Eta Aquariids meteor shower that can be seen onwards from April 21st.
- There are quite a few notable historical people born in April, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, and Queen Elizabeth II.
- On April 15, 1912, the famous Titanic ship hit an iceberg and sunk on her first and only voyage.
- George Washington was inaugurated as the First President of the United States on April 30, 1789.
- Back in the time of the Ancient Romans, April was sacred to the goddess Venus.
- Of course, one of the most well-known dates of April, is April Fools’ Day on the 1st of the month. No one is sure where this originated from, but some believe it to be inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s story in “Canterbury Tales” called “Nun’s Priest’s Tale.”
- On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 was launched and ran into difficulties about two days later. It was then that the famous line “Houston, we’ve had a problem here” was said, and is today usually misquoted.
- After a 1,500 year break, the first Olympics of the modern era took place on April 6, 1896, in Athens.
- The explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine occurred on April 26, 1986, which forced everyone within a 300-mile radius to be evacuated.
- The smaller animals that hibernate for the winter in the Northern Hemisphere usually start coming out of their burrows in April.
- April is also the month that the birds migrate north and settle down for the summer to mate.
- For all the car enthusiasts out there, Ford unveiled their first Mustang on April 17, 1964, costing $2,368.
- The first battle of the Revolutionary War, Lexington, and Concord broke out on April 19, 1775.
SOMETHING NEW FOR ROLLING HILLS
Custom framed prints are now at Rolling Hills. Custom framing by Clayton's Wood Shop offers a large variety of prints including ones by Bob Timberlake, Ducks Unlimited, and some original art prints.
THINGS TO DO IN THE GARDEN IN MARCH
Prune trees and shrubs while still dormant.
Buy a notebook to keep a record of seeds, annuals, and perennials that you plant in the months to come.
Repot house plants if needed and give them a good feeding.
Fertilize grapes, raspberries, and blueberries before they resume growth.
Plant healthier herbs such as thyme, chives, and rosemary.
Move Cole crops outdoors so that they begin to harden off
Plant potatoes and asparagus
Plant carrots, beets, lettuce, radishes, and turnips in mid-March.
Plant Swiss Chard during the last week of the month.