Here in Colorado, the meteorologists like to remind us that March is historically our snowiest month. (We hate when they say that.) They are apparently bound by some sort of Colorado meteorologists’ ethical code which obliges them to always (always) follow up that statement by reminding us that April is the second-snowiest month. I respond to these two helpful reminders by throwing pillows at the TV.
We had three record-breaking warm days in Denver during February 2017. They were lovely days, but their freakish balminess made many of us feel uneasy. Spring fever has struck with a vengeance, but for the first time ever I’m actually hoping that our “normal” spring snowstorms are still ahead.
How do you manage a bad case of spring fever mixed with a yearning for a normal climate? Here are some ideas:
Wear some of your springtime fashions. Pull those transitional clothes from your closet, like a floral women’s blouse or a men’s pale blue oxford shirt. Layer with a camisole or undershirt if the temperatures outside are still nippy.
Use colorful linens. Put a pretty tablecloth on the kitchen table, or hang a bright dishtowel.
Force flowering branches. If your forsythia or pussy willows are starting to bud and develop small leaves, cut some branches and bring them inside. Put them in a vase of room temperature water, and in a few days they may start to leaf out and bloom.
Walk outside and see what’s coming up. We have tulips and crocus popping up, branches budding, baby strawberry plants, violets and vinca all greening up. I’ve covered some of the tender plants with extra leaves and mulch to encourage them to take their sweet time. What’s coming up in your garden?
Make a spring flower arrangement. The stores here are full of tulips and daffodils. Six stems of daffodils are just $2.99, making them a most affordable splurge. Or try a creative combination like the arrangement above, which I made when I had some extra asparagus and thought the purple tips nicely complimented the tulips.
Read gardening books. Now is the perfect time to develop a master plan for your garden spaces. Daydream, make sketches, and figure out what you want to grow this season.
Order seeds. Buy what you need now, before the nurseries sell out of the really popular seeds. These are some of my favorite seed companies.
How About You?
Do you have spring fever? I’d love to hear your favorite ways to invite springtime in during these early weeks of March.
Hugs and enjoy the weekend,
P.S. Congratulations to Betty Jo Harris, who won the giveaway for my new cookbook Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes. If you’re on Goodreads, watch for a new giveaway for the book starting March 9, 2017.