April Showers Bring May Flowers? Not So Far Winnipeg

Spring is a wonderful time in Winnipeg.  I’ve always loved Spring the most of all the seasons, not necessarily due to the weather or due to the snow going away, but because of the anticipation of the approaching summer.  I’ve always revelled in the fact that in spring-time, we’re as far away from Winter as we can possibly be.  That being said, what the heck happened this year!  I think at this point, everyone is probably a little sick of even thinking about the weather and of course the continual barrage of snowfall.

Well, it appears that we’ve got some good news on the horizon Winnipeg!  By the very end of the month, and into the beginning of May, it looks like we’ll  be back to normal temperatures, thankfully.

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With the approach of Mother’s Day, this florist will certainly be happy to have our typical good weather for a couple of reasons.

  1. Delivering flowers in the Winnipeg Winter is probably twice as hard!  To ensure quality, we sacrifice a little in the way of presentation when we package our flowers for delivery.  When it’s really cold, the recipient typically has to dig through a couple of bags and a few layers of paper before they can actually see their flowers.  Not nearly as fun as seeing the flowers come up the walk, bright and beautiful with one of our delivery drivers, particularly for Mother’s Day flowers.
  2. M&M Meat Shops in our strip mall has an annual charity barbecue on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  We’d hate for them to cancel it for a number of reasons, of course because it’s a nice event for charity and the local fire fighters typically show up with their trucks and let the kids climb around it.  But, selfishly, it’s a great way to feed all our extra staff during our busiest day of the year and support a charity.  (for the life of me, I can’t remember which one they support…)

So, chin up Winnipeg!  We’ve got some better weather on the way, that will hopefully make our spring flower selections make a little more sense!  Right now, I suppose these bright colored floral selections can help improve our moods until the weather actually does change.

With that, it does look like we’re in for some actual rain on April 28th.  Wouldn’t that be refreshing!  I’ll leave you with the poem that most of us have referenced, but never actually read.

April Showers

April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colourful day!

There’d be bluebells and cockleshells,
Tulips red and green,
Daffodils and Chinese squill,
The brightest you’ve ever seen.

You’d see tiger lilies and water lilies,
Carnations pink and blue,
Forget-me-not and small sundrop
Glistening with the dew.

We’d have fireweed and milkweed
And many more different flowers.
Mexican star and shooting star,
Falling in the showers.

And if all the showers turned to flowers
On that rainy April day,
Would all the flowers turn to showers
In the sunny month of May?

by Karen Chappell


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