20 Reasons to Keep Your Chin up Till Spring

It’s been a long, cold winter, and seems like the longer it gets, the colder it gets. Will spring ever rear its weary head? Or will it be Polar Vortex forever? With the snowdrops barely up around here, this spring is sure off to a slow start. With that in mind, we decided to get proactive, and bring spring to you. So go ahead and bask in the glory of what’s coming, because here are 20 reasons to buck up.

1. Brave little snowdrops, poking up through the snow.

Snowdrops

2. The arrival of purple crocus.

purple crocus

3. Backlit daffodils.
backlit-daffodils

4. Fresh herbs from the garden.

dill-flower

5. Getting back whatever you gave up for Lent, if you’re into that kind of thing.

easter-chocolate

6. Cute kids in fields of flowers.

boy-in-daffodils

7. Strawberries are coming!

fresh-strawberries

8. Garden shops and sidewalk sales.

garden-shops

9. Backyard bouquets of iris and yarrow…

iris-and-yarrow

10. …or ladies mantle, salvia, and pop-of-pink roses.

june-flowers

11. Brown paper packages tied up with string.

kraft-paper-package-with-flowers

12. The sweet scent of lily-of-the-valley.

lily-of-the-valley

13. Li’l baby daffodils, growing in a can.

mini-daffodils

14. Peonies…

peony-napeta

15. …peonies!

pink-peonies

16. Beds of lupine.

purple-lupine

17. Visits to the farm.

sheep-farm

18. Tulips from the garden, placed in a jar.

yellow-purple red tulips

19. Hyacinth and ranunculus.

spring-bouquet-ranunculus  hyacinth and tulips

20. Wildflowers at sunset.

wildflowers-queen-annes-lace

All photos by Maaike Bernstrom Photography.

Maaike Bernstrom grew up in Stonington, CT, where she learned to sail, a lifelong love that took her to the College of Charleston, where she raced with the varsity sailing team. After school, Maaike worked on boats, settled in Newport, RI, and became gallery manager for acclaimed travel and lifestyle photographer Alexander "Sandy" Nesbitt. She also studied with and worked for yacht photographer Onne Van Der Wal. For several years, Maaike lived in Valencia, Spain, where her husband worked in the yachting industry. Today they live with their daughter and two dogs in Middletown, RI, where Maaike works at photography, gardening, and floral design.

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