Hello, friends of Claire! I’m Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, and I’m especially happy to be sharing my latest Home and Garden post with you this month.
Why am I extra happy? Because we’ve finally had a stretch of warm, sunny days here in New Jersey, and I’ve been savoring every detail of the season…warm breezes, cherry blossoms, chirping birds…all of which are much appreciated this year, after the winter that wouldn’t quit.
Although summer is my favorite time of year, I do like spring to take its sweet time. There’s something wonderful about the entire summer still looming ahead, and I don’t want to rush its arrival.
Here are some ways to relish this glorious season.
1. Buy some brightly colored spring flowers.
Here in NJ, it’s not unusual to have some cold temperatures at night, even in May. Pansies are sturdy enough to cope with frost, but just like me, they’ll wilt once it gets really hot. The daffodils can be replanted once they’re spent.
2. Fill up the hummingbird feeders.
Hummingbirds may start to look for nectar towards the end of April, and it’s good to put the welcome mat out early. Last year, I was too late, and didn’t see my first hummingbird until September.
3. Open up the windows.
I like my air conditioning as much as the next person, but is there anything…ANYTHING…better than a warm breeze coming through an open window?
4. Hang some wind chimes.
Once those windows are wide open, sit nearby to hear the songs of wind chimes wafting on those gentle breezes. Heaven, I tell you, heaven.
5. Fill a bird bath.
Our fine feathered friends will greatly appreciate your hospitality if you offer them a place to take a dip and a sip. You get the benefit of watching them splish-splash, which is highly entertaining.
6. Enjoy morning coffee outdoors.
Give yourself the gift of 15 minutes on a spring morning to sit outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Hopefully, your neighbor won’t pick that time to turn on the lawnmower.
7. Bring the outdoors in.
Rainy days and Mondays are less likely to get you down, if you’ve got some sunshine going on indoors. Yellow ranks high on my “cheery” scale.
If you want to attract colorful birds to your backyard, hang up a finch feeder, filled with their favorite food…nyjer seed. I bought mine a few weeks ago. Within five days, I had a constant parade finches flocking to the feeder.
9. Plant some perennials.
Spring and fall are the best times to plant. We planted forsythia bushes last spring, and are reaping the rewards now. If you buy potted perennials, like daffodils, hyacinths, phlox, etc., don’t toss…replant. Next year, spring will be bursting out all over, and you won’t have to lift a finger.
10. Don’t be an empty-nester.
Hang up some bird houses, and wait for some tenants to move in. You may get lucky and see mama feeding the babies, or see them venture out and spread their little wings for the very first time.
What do you do to savor spring?