Signs of Spring

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Signs of spring have finally arrived! The weather is getting warmer, the last of our snow melted this weekend, and we’ve been able to venture outdoors in shorts (loving the balmy 60 degree weather!). My toddler has been asking to go outside multiple times a day, which I have unabashedly indulged. I am tired of being cooped up inside too. We’ve gone on walks, bike rides, and explored our yard… and I’m not sure who is having more fun!

signs of spring - toddler tricycle riding

P.S. Read to the end for some spring activity + gardening resources πŸ™‚

Signs of Spring

Spring comes slowly,
but steadily.
The forgotten warmth
finally graces the ground.
Rains fall,
new life
springs forth
from the ground.
Her patience
reaps abundant
What was hidden
or hibernating
now springs forth.
Life is ready…
The sun shines,
divine warmth
wraps the earth.
Just another
season of life.
But one awaited
with much anticipation.
Thought it may have come
the signs of spring
have finally arrived.

signs of spring - first flower

signs of spring - feverfew starting to grow

Since spring is finally here, we’ll be starting work on our garden soon. Our four 4×8 raised beds are in need of some well-deserved TLC, as the grass infiltrated them (from underneath). Lesson learned… next time put down a barrier for the grass in addition to putting down chicken wire to keep out critters. My son is excited to transplant our kitchen scrap romaine lettuce and celery… we’ve acquired quite a collection over the past weeks. Sadly, we were not on top of our seed germination this year, so we do not have a plethora of seedlings to put in the ground (last spring, we had 200+ seedlings that we grew inside). Oh well, experimenting with different techniques is good, right?

Here’s my Pinterest board on Greenery and Gardening in case you too are looking to enhance your green thumb this growing season. I will tell you that we tried several experiments last year — one we won’t be doing again is the mythical potato tower. While we did get some lovely potatoes from our towers, it was just too much of a hassle to water and keep the towers of dirt moist. The final complication was harvesting the potatoes — I had a hard time figuring out where to put all that dirt! It ended up going into the nearest raised vegetable bed, I do admit. On the other hand, I did enjoy the string trellises that we made, and will be doing more of them I think. Give and take. It’s all a learning experience.

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We found an old bird nest under our deck, and my toddler enjoyed asking questions about it, how it was made, why there were no eggs in it now, and the like. I love how the minds of children work!

signs of spring - old bird nest

Spring + Gardening Resources

Here are some gardening and spring resources I wanted to share with you. Links will open in a new window for your convenience (check out the Pinterest board a little further on in this post too).

What About You?

What have you looked forward to most as an authentic sign spring is finally here? Are there any spring activities that you enjoy doing — either as an adult, or with your kids? What will you miss about winter, if anything?

25 Responses

  1. Bonnie a.k.a. LadyBlogger

    LOVE those boots! My sons and I used to leave a few strands of yarn, string, or thread out by a tree for birds to take if they need it for their nests…

  2. Mae @ Mommy Loves Trees

    Love the poem. Did you write it? Good collection of spring activities.

  3. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Mae. Yes, I did write the poem πŸ™‚

  4. Betsy Finn

    Oh, great idea with the bird nest supply station Bonnie!

  5. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

    Love the photography! Our garden is in full bloom, but we are in the Silicon Valley, and my 7 year old has only seen snow once in her life when we drove to the mountains. Thanks for sharing your gardening resources with After School Link Up!

  6. Stephanie

    I love these pictures, especially the flower. Beautiful Spring photos! πŸ™‚

  7. Amanda @artsy_momma

    Your photos are gorgeous!

  8. Betsy Finn

    Thanks for stopping by, Natalie! Oh, that would be tough for me, to never see snow but once in a blue moon. As much as I’m anticipating spring… I still love winter.

  9. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Stephanie! (we just got snow yesterday, so I’m not sure if the flowers survived. sigh).

  10. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Amanda, good to have you stop by πŸ™‚

  11. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    Your photos are beautiful! I think we appreciate the spring more because it’s like a reward for getting through the winter! πŸ™‚

  12. The Inspired Treeshou

    Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing with us on our Facebook wall! Your poem is beautiful!!

  13. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Emma. I totally agree with you on that one! πŸ™‚ Spring is never more sweet than when you’ve had a long winter.

  14. Betsy Finn

    Thank you!

  15. Cass@frugalfamily

    Love your photos – Thanks for linking up with the Parenting Pin It Party x x

  16. Betsy Finn

    Thank you Cass, glad you stopped by!

  17. I love how you combine poetry, photographs and resources in this post! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday!

  18. Simple Nature Decor

    These photographs are well done! I just had a wedding for my daughter and finding the right photographer was a challenge.. We finally did. I have seen lots of photos and yours are very good.. Ill keep you in my favorites and email you when I have my Fabulous Friday Link Party.. People love to see photo projects..

    Take Care

  19. Jill

    We are completely taken with spring after such a long winter. Seeing your photos made me want to dash outdoors and savor the warm, fresh air one more time today.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  20. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Tanya, I always enjoy seeing what others share too πŸ™‚

  21. Betsy Finn

    Thank you, Maria! I agree, finding the right photographer can be a lengthy process sometimes. Glad you were able to find someone to capture your daughter’s wedding memories. I’ll look forward to hearing from you for Fabulous Friday πŸ™‚

  22. Betsy Finn

    I totally understand that feeling, Jill. Seeing photos of spring makes me want to do the same. :).

  23. NatureFootstep Photo

    spring is wonderful. πŸ™‚

  24. Betsy Finn

    I agree!

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