Spring has arrived and that makes me want to spruce up our nest inside and head outdoors. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a hyacinth indoors for the last week…
and see that my tulips and other spring flowers are peeking up their heads as well in their beds that have been disheveled by winter. It is lovely to me how spring flowers brave the elements to make their way towards the sun. So far mine have made it through both a snow and sleet storm and are no worse for the wear.
I raked up the leaves that blew our way threw out the winter and have noticed that the he raised bed in the back is in need of some love. Although only built by my handy husband one year ago and used this past summer, it needs cleaned and soil preparations must commence. Within the last several years I have grown tomatoes, but with my growing desire for organic produce and a desire to have a vegetable garden like the one whose aisles I ran up and down as a child it was time to go a step further. This previous summer we enjoyed bush beans, Italian beans, cilantro, basil, carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, yellow peppers, mild jalapenos, broccoli and tomatoes. Unfortunately the cauliflower I planted was a no go. It is better for a spring crop and it got attacked by bugs. This year I plan to do a spring garden that I will be planting any day now, which will include cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, snow peas, spinach, and carrots. I will be sharing more about gardening in an upcoming post, from how to select a location to what and when to plant. If you plan to be starting a garden soon here in the Midwest, check out these two pages: the Purdue Individual Planting Calendar and the Home Vegetable Gardening Page for information on when to get started.
Okay, I know what you are thinking…you get the spring, seeds, and bulbs thing, but where does the BEACH come in? Well for one, I just love the beach. Who doesn’t? With that said, I think pieces from the beach can be used to add airiness year round. If you do not have touches of this look in your home already, it is time to add some shells, starfish, and sand. The colors that you think of when you think of the ocean blues, tans, whites, and the like are always great colors to brighten, soften, and soothe.
If the beach scene is not your thing or you just can not bring enough spring “in,” try some fresh flowers or potted plants. Cut a couple tulips, pick some flowers up at the market, or trim a branch of your blooming tree. I like to have fresh flowers in every room in the summer and spring can bring the intro to that just like it is for walking outdoors, riding your bike, putting away the winter wardrobe, and getting out the kite.
Spring brings such lovely things!
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