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What’s on Your Spring “Watering Can” List?


Do you have a favorite book?

I’ve read tons of books, some of which I love and some that I can’t even bring myself to finish. I’ve never been able to name a favorite…until now! I just finished the classic, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Seriously, this book made me hungry for Spring.

While engulfed in its pages, I was a child, yearning for spring’s cool air to redden my face and liven my lungs.

What's on Your Spring Watering Can List?

What’s on Your Spring Watering Can List?

As the children in the book, dug in the dirt and planted for hours each day, I was with them; positive I’d have to wash my soil caked hands once it came time to put the book down.

As the children in the book, made friends with woodland creatures and communicated with robins; I watched my bird feeders with new attention, mesmerized by the same chickadee I’d seen a thousand times and desperate for a glimpse of the season’s first robin.

As the children of the book watched their hard work flourish with the help of sun and rain and found themselves similarly flourishing, I schemed reasons to be outdoors and vowed to take advantage of all spring has to offer!

So, I decided to make a Spring Watering Can List. (Yes, that is my ever so clever take on a “bucket” list, Spring style.)

Spring Watering Can List:

  1. Visit 3 greenhouses.
  2. Plant something from seed.
  3. Plant a flower I’ve never seen before.
  4. Go for a family bike ride.
  5. Have a family picnic.
  6. Go on a nature walk – treasure hunt.
  7. Make bug crafts with the boys.
  8. Make spring dirt cupcakes and deliver to people.
  9. Feed the ducks.
  10. But a new pair of shorts.
  11. Take a day to photograph spring’s beauty.
  12. Field trip to a garden.
  13. Enjoy the early spring Farmer’s Market.
  14. Go for an early morning outdoor walk.
  15. Watch the stars on a blanket with my hubby.

What’s on your Spring Watering Can List?

What is your favorite part of Spring?

Have you read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett? What did you think?

I have to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from The Secret Garden. It’s long, but beautiful:

“One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands alone and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun – which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through the under branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes the sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in some one’s eyes.
And it was like that with Colin when he first saw and heard and felt the Sprngtime inside the four high walls of a hidden garden. That afternoon the whole world seemed to devote itself to being perfect and radiantly beautiful and kind to one boy. Perhaps out of pure heavenly goodness the spring came and crowded everything it possibly could into that one place.”

Have a blessed, inspired Spring.




15 thoughts on “What’s on Your Spring “Watering Can” List?

  1. I read the book for the first time from beginning to end and am so glad I did. You picked the best line from the book as your fav. I am in the process of checking off the items on the watering can list; I already do most of them as a part of my spring rituals. There are a few new ones I will delight in. Thanks for being a kindred spirit.


  2. I just re-read The Secret Garden last year, and it didn’t lose any of its charm. I’m looking forward to one day sharing it with my daughter. As for my bucket list, planting flowers! Although it feels like it’ll never be warm enough. It’s supposed to snow around here tomorrow…on the first day of spring! Great list!


    • Hopefully the warm weather is on the way, so we can get to planting those flowers! I bet your daughter will love the book when the time comes!


  3. What a great list!! Being in nature will never get old for kids! So much to explore. Thanks for the list!


  4. Cool list. We do a lot of items from this list. We are almost like beavers. We love to go on long walks, to garden and sometimes off the trail too. But this year I have a rather unexpected item too on my bucket list. Clearing an exam. Lets c how I handle dat.


  5. I need to re-read the Secret Garden!
    I’ve never created a spring watering can list, but I love this! Do you have a recipe for the dirt cupcakes? I think that’s a lovely idea!


    • Hi Jacqui. Glad you like the list and hope you have fun making your own list. There’s a link to the dirt cupcakes to click on out on the list!


  6. Oops! Sorry about the double post. On my end, it looked like it didn’t send. Grr. Wonky technology!


  7. Oh, I loved The Secret Garden! It, along with Little Women, captured my heart as a girl. Hmm…finding it to read with my only girl might just top that watering can list, along with coaxing more out of my second garden than my first! Lol All I got last year were a few cucumbers and a wayward watermelon! ( A post about that melon is in the works, by the way. 😉 ) Good list you’ve got there yourself! Happy spring!


  8. Oh, I love The Secret Garden! It captured my heart thoroughly along with Little Women when I was a girl. My daughter is getting about the right age for it, so, perhaps finding it to read with her might top my watering can, along with seeing if my second garden grows better than my first! (Last year, I got nothing but a few cucumbers and one wayward watermelon I plan a post on shortly. Lol)

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    • Isn’t it great! I don’t remember reading when I was younger (a crime), so I enjoyed reading as a big kid. Good luck with your garden! I planted my lettuce and tomatoes from seed, we’ll see how that goes. I’m notorious for having what I’d call a yellow thumb!

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