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OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

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OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

Was Robert Browning correct? What's a good time to catch the spring flowers in the gardens and fields of the Cotswold area - Mid April, Late April, Early May or Mid May?

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1. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

Well, Browning was English, so he ought to know.....

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2. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

May. Weather is unpredictable,on average May would be better but its a crapshoot, no way to know until June, however daylight hours are predictable, more daylight in May, so go then.

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3. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

But April's good too, right? Lots of spring flowers?

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4. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Not the perkiest of chaps at times, that Tom, but he was right in that when April weather misbehaves it can be unpleasant. But the cruel month is not always so; a warm, sunny April day can be a treat for all the senses.

There are no guarantees, though. I've seen trees in blossom and crocuses aplenty in London in late February and early March, but this year, for example, was one where it seemed spring would never come. Hope for the best then wait and see.

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5. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote

The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,

And bathed every veyne in swich licour

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth

Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,

And smale foweles maken melodye,

That slepen al the nyght with open ye

(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);

Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

So, Geoffrey thinks its a good time to travel...but I remember one April where roads even in the south were closed by snow..and another year of blazing sun on Mayday in Oxford...

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6. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

A few lines on in the poem, Browning talks about May following April and about the blossoms to be seen then, so perhaps May would be a better option if we are following his advice! I love to see the buttercups in great swathes over our fields and commons and this does tend to happen mid to late May, so it's a May vote from me.

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7. Re: OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

But April's good too, right? Lots of spring flowers?

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Not this year it wasn't, no.

As said, weather is unpredictable. That means it can't be predicted, fancy-pants poets or not. Day length in May can however be predicted, it will be longer, substantially so in late May compared to early April. As in up to 3 hours longer between start April and end May.

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