As cliche as it sounds, spring is my favorite season. Yes, it may have something to do with the beautiful flowers and nice weather, but what I love is what those things signify: the blossoming of life.
And maybe New York City is a poor example of spring, but if you were in the Big Apple this past weekend, it was teeming with tourists. The warm weather and sunny days seemed to have pulled them right from the ground (or airport, rather) and planted them onto the pavements of the city of lights.
We are now four days into this fantastic season, and most of us probably prefer to be outside in our gardens than being in the big, big concrete city. If that’s you, here’s a roundup of five items that will help you spruce up the greenery around your lovely house.
Let’s start from the ground up.
Hudson Valley Seed Library ($22.50, Set of 6) -- Want to grow Lemon Cucumbers and Good Bug Blooms? Mix and match a selection of regionally-adapted seeds in gift-quality packs featuring original works designed by artists. Take part in the preservation of these heirloom seeds from Hudson Valley of upstate New York in time for spring.
Fisher Blacksmithing ($58) -- If you need some assistance in the garden, pair your green thumb with a set of hand-forged garden tools. Based on functional and time tested designs, each tool is made with domestically sourced materials and great for digging into spring.
Nurture your hard work.
World’s Coolest 24” Stake Rain Gauge ($44.95) -- After some spring showers, you may not be sure about how much water your garden needs so a rain gauge can be quite handy. Rust resistant and a work of art, the gauge indicates the inches of rainwater collected through a tube and a calibrated floating tube.
Sit back and enjoy the view.
Allsop Home & Garden Soji Solar Nylon Lantern ($19.95) -- Once your flowers and vegetables are poking out of the soil and ready to bloom, ready your garden for viewings even at dusk. Put up some elegant accordion-style LED lanterns, which open and collect sunlight during the day and turn on at night to illuminate the dark.
Hang-In-Out Cacoon (Starting at $340) -- When your gardens are blooming with vegetables and flowers, it’s time to gaze upon your hard work. A Cacoon is a cross between a hanging tent and a hammock and probably doubly as cozy (and UV and water resistant). Hang it indoors or out, but definitely out on a beautiful spring day.
What are your go-to spring rituals? Share in the comments.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.