Spring is back with us. As the long winter withdraws its freezing temperatures and short days, it’s time to think about how to enjoy this season of new growth and promise. Today we’ve got a few suggestions to help you choose.
Get Out and About
If you’ve spent the winter cooped up, hiding from the rain, staying safe during the long dark nights and maybe suffering a little from Seasonal Affective Disorder, then it’s definitely time to get outside!
Whether you want to go for a long walk in the countryside, enjoy the longer daylight hours to jog home from work a few days every week or get out to explore a new city, your time is coming!
It’s important to plan if you’re going on a long excursion: it might be warmer and lighter in March and April, but they’re notoriously rainy months, so make sure you’re packing waterproofs in case you’re caught out. Temperature can be very variable too, especially early in the month, so check the forecast before you head out and see if you’re getting a flashback to winter or a preview of summer!
If you’re looking for a bit more structure in your spring explorations, consider a clue hunt. Whether it’s a London scavenger hunt or a treasure trail based in the countryside, these can turn an ordinary walk into a family adventure!
Get Into the Garden
Early spring is a busy time for gardeners, and a great way to lay the foundations for a long summer and autumn outdoors.First there’s the wreckage of winter to clear away: fallen leaves, dead plants, all the relics of the previous year need to be swept up and disposed of – ideally composted. If the weather seems fine you might want to bring out the garden furniture you stored at the end of last autumn and set it all up so you’re ready to enjoy some al fresco dining!
It’s also a good time to visit the garden centre. Well prepared gardeners will have planted bulbs in the autumn so they can enjoy a display of snowdrops, crocuses, bluebells and daffodils as spring takes hold, but it’s not too late! Some tulips and irises will bloom after an early spring planting, and you can always buy and transplant pre-grown plants for your own spring display.
Plan what you want from your garden this year – how do you want it to look? How do you want it to smell? What do you want to do out there? The early weeks of spring are the time to start putting those plans into action.