Wednesday, April 1, 2015

20 Ways to Enjoy Spring

by Leigh

Twenty Ways To Enjoy Spring

  1. Take time to sit outside and engage all your senses.
  2. Soak in all the color that you see from foliage to flowers to the green grass.
  3. Fill up your bird feeders and bird baths and watch them flock to your yard.
  4. Eat seasonally and buy locally.  
  5. Start a butterfly garden.
  6. Dine al fresco.
  7. Do what you normally do….but do it outside.  In fact, I'm writing this blog sitting outside!
  8. Cultivate a garden.  It doesn't have to be anything large.  In fact, you can include edibles in with your ornamental plants.  Or try something simple like a container garden on your back porch.
  9. Get crafty.  Perhaps it's time for a new wreath for the front door or time to paint a bird house for that Maple tree in your backyard.
  10. Go for a walk.  Don't think about how many calories you are burning just go for a leisurely stroll.
  11. Spring cleaning always gets us in a springtime state of mind.  
  12. Open up your windows and breathe in the fresh air. 
  13. Visit your local nursery and see what catches your eye.  Maybe it's time to try a new perennial that you've heard about recently.
  14. Visit your local farmer's market.
  15. With Earth day approaching, research some ways you can be kinder to the environment.
  16. Go to the zoo.
  17. Check out a bird book and see what visitors you have in your yard.
  18. Get your hands in the dirt! 
  19. Collect your kitchen scraps and start composting.
  20. Take time to observe what's happening in your yard.  Maybe it's time to move those Irises that have multiplied in the last few years.

Spring is a time for new beginnings and flower beds are always changing.  What you started with five years ago is evolving and growing into something new.  Perhaps you can find some Milkweed and other great pollinator attracting plants and see what butterflies, bees and moths show up.  And while you're outside start snapping photos of those beautiful flowers.  Our theme for April is flowers and we can't wait to see the Flickr gallery and Instagram fill up with big, beautiful flowers!  Show us what's blooming in your neck of the woods.


Carol said...

Good Morning, Leigh! Do you have any other plant suggestions for a butterfly garden? Believe it or not , it snowed again here last night -so weird for New Jersey -but I can dream.......
Great spring post!

AFishGirl said...

I'm with Carol, still a LOT of snow in these parts, but lovely to see these shots. Spring will come here e v e n t u a l l y. Good list!

Dotti said...

Love this list! It's a wee bit early for me to pursue some things but I already have others on my mind. I'm seeing ever so subtle signs that spring will soon be bursting forth. And I can't wait!

Liz said...

Great list! We are heading into Autumn now but still a list that is rather applicable in our sub-tropical climate!

Anonymous said...

Great post, Leigh! I love your enthusiasm for the month of April! Love all of the ways to enjoy the favorite thing to do is get my hands in that dirt! I love the smell of fresh rich soil and always excited to plant something new! Great photos, and thanks for sharing!

Kim Stevens said...

Great list.....I'm fast and furiously trying to gather more plants to fill in around my perennials, and of course adding more perennials...for my butterflies, of course. I think I remember reading somewhere that something is released when we dig in the dirt, some chemical that is good for you.

terriporter said...

Since we never really had winter this year, we've had spring weather since February, but so many of your suggestions are things that I love to do in the springtime -- eat outdoors, go to the nursery and pick up some new flowers, do anything outside that I can before the heat really hits. Love thinking of you sitting outside writing your blog post!

kelly said...

oh leigh it has been so beautiful in our neck of the woods too. these are wonderful suggestions!

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