The last stretch before Spring finally hits seems to take forever - especially if you get a sneaky cold snap at the last minute.
There are just so many things to love about Spring - the warmer temps, how much better everything looks with fresh green leaves and blossoms, the chance to get out in your yard and tidy and plant, not to mention just more time spent outside enjoying the sun, cooking out, relaxing in a hammock with a book. It's glorious.
A lot of people underestimate the restorative power of an outdoor space. It doesn't need to be fancy, or high maintenance. Even a small outdoor space can be an oasis with potted plants, an outdoor rug, and some comfortable seating. Think outside the box - oftentimes you can use what you might think of as "indoor" furniture in an outside space. That dresser you picked up at the thrift store, and never got around to refinishing? Put it outside with plants on top, and gardening tools and supplies in the drawers. If it gets weathered? Even better. Mother Nature is a fabulous refinisher; giving a lot of pieces a wonderful rustic finish if you let her do her thing.
Don't forget to add some sweet smelling-blooms, either. Climbers like Honeysuckle, or Star Jasmine will surround you with intoxicating aromas. A big, potted, Gardenia, Orange Jessamine, or Magnolia will relax you with their heady scents.
Add some string lights (make sure they're rated for outdoor use), or some lanterns for a flickering glow, maybe a wind chime, and you've got a perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine after a long day.
Taking the time to enjoy your morning cup of coffee outdoors is a great mood-booster, too. Relaxing while the sun comes up and the birds start to sing, is positively therapeutic, and can start your day out on a tranquil note.
The Japanese have a word for it - "shinrin-yoku" - or "forest bathing" which refers to the restorative power of being surrounded by nature. You don't have to have access to an actual forest, though if you do - get out there when you can - you can create your own personal haven with a little imagination.
Have a look at our "How Does Your Garden Glow" collection for some inspiration - and take time to get outside and relax. You'll be glad you did.