Happily, others entertain a more upbeat anticipation of the fourth calendar month. Check out these finds in time for April showers.
When hyacinths and daffodils burst from the earth, gardeners know time is nigh to break out kneeling pads and wheelbarrows.
But mud is the harbinger of spring, and nothing tames it like a cushy pair of Sloggers and Mud gloves that condition hands while protecting them. Stretchy gloves are designed to keep hands cool and dry in warm weather.
Palms, though, are coated in water-repellent but breathable nitrile.
The best part? Aloe-infused lining to moisturize hands while they work. Sloggers, $25.99; gloves, $6.99. Rice’s Nursery Garden Center, 1651 55th St. NE, Plain Township, (330) 499-9622. www.ricesnursery.com.
Nothing says spring like an explosion of floral extravagance.
Launch the season wearing this lush, 12-inch-diameter, lime chiffon rose high on the shoulder of a winter-weary ensemble.
$99, Laura of Pembroke, 3119 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 477-4455. www.lauraofpembroke.com.
If this imposing, knot-holed “Deciduous Iron” masterpiece by Canal Fulton organic artist and blacksmith Michael D. Martin stood sentry in your foyer, wouldn’t guests be champing at the bit for a tour of the rest of your abode?
The sculpture is mounted on a tiger maple base. $4,800, Cyrus Custom Framing, 2645 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, (330) 452-9787. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turn the admonition “Go fly a kite,” on its tail by doing just that.
Wait for a windy day, grab the nearest pre-teen and, together, feel the thrill of the tether as you launch this 54-inch-wing-spread, rip-stop nylon kite enlivened with concentric circles in teal, turquoise and indigo.
Collectors of minutiae already may have deduced that the name comes the Greek alphabet’s fourth letter, Delta, which is triangle-shaped.
$18, AeroTech Hobbies, 902 N. Main St., North Canton, (330) 499-1300. www.aerotechhobbies.com.
It’s true. “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.”
But more than a mist makes your golf grips slippery. Avoid a flying five iron by covering coveted clubs with a parapluie — OK, OK, umbrella — specially designed for golf bags.
$12.99, Foxy Golf, 4471 Belden Village St. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 492-3690. www.foxygolfcenter.com.
Local artist Erin T. Mulligan’s unbounded imagination is her muse. “The Stars are Dandelions” painted in oils on clayboard features a squirrel shod in cowboy boots.
Giving depth to the work is the Cyrus custom double-stacked frame of Italian acid-washed silver leaf nested inside another resembling carved iron with filigree.
$850, Cyrus Custom Framing, 2645 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, (330) 452-9787. email@example.com.
Teasing winds awaken long-dormant feelings of warm-weather delight. Windy Kerrigan, just 26 inches tall and downright irresistible, is a detailed cast-stone garden sculpture that could lift even the income-tax-deadline blues.
One hand keeps her hat on while the other struggles against the wind whipping the hem of her sundress.
$119.99, Rice’s Nursery Garden Center, 1651 55th St. NE, Plain Township, (330) 499-9622. www.ricesnursery.com.
Simple and pure of heart, the daisy leaves nothing unsaid.
April’s birth month flower is interpreted here in a whimsically tilted vase of metal alloy, more matte than silver, shinier than pewter.
Red silk tulips languidly occupy its center. $65, tulips $5 a stem, Laura of Pembroke, 3119 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 477-4455. www.lauraofpembroke.com.