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Are You Getting the Most Out of Spring?

By April 7, 2013

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I hate to let spring slip away before I've savored every last morsel it has to serve up. picture of spring peeperIf spring were a restaurant, I'd definitely pick a secluded booth and plan on an extended dining experience.

Give me a glass of wine while I mull over my appetizer. Let me enjoy my appetizer fully, as a mini-meal -- not simply a precursor to the main course. Don't expect me to plow through the main course: those who come to a restaurant not to chow down but for a "dining experience" eat deliberately, because they're drinking in the atmosphere with as much care as they're consuming the viands. Nor will I give short shrift to dessert, as it's only appropriate that a sweet dining experience should be capped off by a chocolate delight that, to dieters, will probably have some ominous-sounding name. Finally, if you catch me lingering over my cappuccino, it's not because it's too hot -- it's simply because I don't want the experience to end prematurely.

I'm the same way about March, April and May: I want to get the most out of spring. Whether it's cherishing those first few baseball games, when the season is so fresh and hopes are so high, or walking in a forest coming back to life, or admiring the spring flowers in my landscaping, spring is not a season to rush through. Heaven knows it passes quickly enough as it is.

My wife and I took a walk through the woods the other day here in New England that we had been planning for some time. What we hadn't planned on was that there'd still be snow on the ground. But we weren't about to let the mini-Ice Age rob us of the pleasure of an early-spring walk.

Ever the optimist, I even checked for salamanders along the way in areas that had thawed out, but the cautious amphibians apparently weren't yet convinced that Old Man Winter had gone into retirement. What we did find was snow fleas, though, so we had a modicum of cooperation from the local fauna. Besides, in the evening we were treated to a chorus from the spring peepers (picture), so I really can't complain.

As for the earliest flowers in my landscaping, some are already going by. Hard to believe, isn't it? I mean, heck, it seems like they had only just arrived the other day. Must you leave so soon? Yes, I'm talking to you, witch hazel and early-blooming iris. I awaited your appearance so eagerly for so long, and now you rush off, barely having said hello.

But it's up to us to plan accordingly, so as to be able to get the most out of spring, since spring will never slow down for us. Besides taking walks and spending as much time in your garden as possible, I recommend visiting other people's gardens, too. Yes, I'm talking about garden tours. But if you get as giddy about spring as I do and find yourself doing quirky things that might embarrass you in public, you'll first want to read this blog post about how not to behave on a garden tour.

Related resource: Silent Spring: a Different Take

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Comments

October 31, 2006 at 12:19 pm
(1) Thom says:

How do I get to the referenced article, How to build a boardwalk?

August 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm
(2) Ben says:

Click on the link…

August 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm
(3) Mike says:

I want to build an elevated boardwalk in my backyard. I plan to use 4×4′s for the posts and 2×8′s for the deck supports. How far apart can I space the 4×4′s to be sure the 2×8′s will support the deck without sagging?

Thabks.

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