Bumbershoot is the old fashioned name for umbrella. I love unusual words. I decided to turn that umbrella upside down, add some spring things and make a bumbershoot display instead of the traditional wreath. I have several umbrellas but didn’t want to use one for the display because I will most likely need it for those rainy days that will be coming soon. A trip to the dollar store is always fun and this time I was looking for an umbrella. I had recently purchased some forsythia branches thinking I would do a wreath. I added some ribbon that was around a recent gift and a little flower photos frame I got at a thrift store for 25₵. So for around $6.00 I had all the makings for my bumbershoot display.
Bumbershoot is made up of umbr from umbrella and shoot from parachute. Goodness knows where the B comes from. This is according to the Miriam Webster dictionary and it was used about 1896. It is evidently an American term used to refer to the British umbrella … also knows as a brolly.
My first bumbershoot just had forsythia and a yellow ribbon.
All you have to do is carefully put the branches of forsythia into the umbrella and tie with some bright yellow polka dot ribbon .
Over the handle I added the little flower frame with the colourful garden shovel on top.
Instead of a photo I just added the word Hello. I had it hanging under the front window in the middle of the path that leads to the front door.
It was off to the thrift store to find a pair of kiddie boots in bright colours to add some tulips to for the next part of the display. These got filled with soil and I pushed in some artificial tulips and daffodils.
The next year I made another bumbershoot display and added some pussywillows and some greenery and had them hanging either side of the garage door.
It is still too chilly for real flowers and the greenery baskets I had up all winter begin to look faded and a bit out of season.
A saying of mine is “If it can hold dirt, you can plant in it”
so if you come visiting, don’t take your boots off or I might just fill them with dirt and plant in them.
I wonder if some of these boot planters are from unsuspecting visitors or just from my old boots?
I’m waiting till the first day of April to hang my bumbershoots and put the boots outside. Then I’ll be ready for the old weather saying of ‘April Showers bring May flowers’.
Welcome to spring, if only on the calendar.
Remember the first day of spring isn’t always the first spring day.
The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom
Sprouting: hyacinths, Egyptian walking onions, ditch lilies, crocus, daffodils, feverfew, pussy willows, poppies
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