Hi! I’m April Holmes, owner of April Showers Flowers and I’d love to share with you a little about myself and about how I found my passion for flowers.
From a young age I was never interested in what the newest trend was or the best gaming system, what clothes people were wearing or in general what everyone else was doing. If anything I often would go in the opposite direction! Why do the same thing as everyone? What is exciting or original about that?
I enjoyed creating art and expressing myself by doing things like making my own clothes and dying my hair every color of the rainbow. I always loved doing my own thing.
In my early teens, life as it does flipped the script on me. I developed several health issues (on top of being a type 1 diabetic) which left me with chronic pain and fatigue. I spent the next 20 years extremely debilitated. I would rarely leave the house except for doctors appointments and it left me extremely depressed, alienated, and lacking a purpose. I had managed to keep myself semi-operational with a change in diet and natural treatments but still couldn't leave the house for more than a few of hours at a time without being crippled by pain and fatigue.
In 2017 my love for flowers was born. I had managed to maintain a small veggie garden for several years and decided I wanted to try growing flowers from seed for our landscaping to save some money. There were so many options of things to grow that I couldn't find at the nurseries. So many varieties that I had never even heard of!
I couldn't have imagined how therapeutic growing flowers would be! The success of everything that I had brought to bloom from seed had recharged my spirits. Never feeling any sense of accomplishment due to my health, I realized that the flowers were a missing piece in my life! As they grew I found myself and my confidence growing with them. They brought me back to the moment, re-connected me with nature and brought so much beauty to my world. It was as if I was previously looking through a lens of grey and then BOOM...all of the light and colors of life were let back in.
With so much color, texture, and allure the call to start arranging came. I felt like growing was only half of a complete picture when it came to flowers. Getting my hands dirty and connecting with the earth is amazing, but taking what I grew and making art, flexing those muscles of creation worked a whole different area of the mind/body then growing alone! In 2019 after expanding my growing space, April Showers Flowers was born. The literal showers of my life brought me here, and I’m thankful everyday. Now I hope to share in the abundance of joy and beauty that the flowers have brought me with you!