Tulips-CarolCaggianoSpring is not just a season; it is a state of mind. It’s a time of new beginning, a time of change. Everything seems new and fresh as the brown and cold of the winter are replaced with the green and warmth of spring.

We think of spring as a time to start a new project, clean the garage and ready the garden for the growing season ahead. Household projects that we have been putting off now become a priority. Thank goodness for spring as it inspires us to do all that stuff we have been procrastinating about.

Depending on where you live, it might still be chilly outside. Yet it takes only a little to bring the spirit of spring into our homes.

A few stems of tulips or daffodils, a butterfly, a bird with a branch, a nest with a few eggs are only a sampling of the small harbingers of spring that we can place on a table to lift our spirits. It doesn’t take much.

Daffodils_CarolCaggianoA friend just stopped by and brought me a few stems of tulips. As I put them in a vase and placed them on my counter, it just made me smile. I wanted to keep them near where I could see them throughout the day. In my kitchen, it feels like spring.

Spring is one of my most favorite times of year. The colors are festive and joyful. Irises, tulips and daffodils are traditional spring favorites.

These blooms are not always the longest lasting, as most bulb flowers have a shorter vase life than many of our other floral favorites, but the joy they bring cannot be replaced by something else, even if it does last longer.

If you are looking for something to last a little longer, flowering branches are a great choice. Forsythia, cherry, plum and quince, just to name a few, are readily available this time of year.

PussyWillow_CarolCaggianoSelect branches when the buds are very visible but they are not really showing color yet. Arrange them in an appropriate vase with clean water and floral preservative and watch them bloom. They can give you several weeks of “indoor springtime.”

Also try some pussy willow. There are so many different varieties to choose from. Some are petite where others have heavier branches and much larger buds. Who would have thought there were so many?

Select some that are just showing a little of the gray in their buds. Place in fresh water with floral preservative and watch them develop. A special tip with pussy willow is to remove them from water when they reach the desired state of development, before they start blooming out. If you keep them in a dry vase, they will stay for months. I even have some that I have had for years. It sounds a little crazy, but it really does work.

I love pussy willow for its soft coloring yet dramatic branches. I can easily make a statement without overpowering the space.

SpringFlowers-CarolCaggianoEven if your weatherman is not in spring mode, you can begin this most wonderful season indoors. It will lift your spirits and push aside the lingering days of winter. It only takes a little to make it spring … but then sometimes it’s fun to have a lot.

Bunches of gorgeous spring blooms can be tucked together in a fabulous container to make a whole lot of spring. You can never over do spring. A little or a lot inspires us and makes us smile. How good is that?