NOW is the time to give Spring a push!By
By this time each year we are tired of the all the uncertain weather, one day cold and wet, the next day sunny and warm. But Spring is not quite here. Give it a push by taking a stroll through your garden and find some flowering shrubs or trees that have buds that are starting to bulge with all that wonderful color of Spring. Yellow forsythia, white dogwoods, and fruit trees like quince, cherry, plum, and pear are just a few that respond well to forcing them to bloom indoors.
Take some pruning shears or sharp scissors (for smaller stems) and trim a few choice branches to make an arrangement. Once inside, under running water, recut each stem and remove all the buds and leaves that will be below the water line. Recutting the bottom of each branch helps to improve water absorption and encourage early blooms. To help keep the water fresher longer add a little citrus-lime soda. This arrangement should be casual, playful and not too fixed. You don’t have to be a florist to create a pleasing arrangement of stems.
This time of year, depending on how close they are to blooming, you will probably see flowers within a week or two.
Enjoy your little shot of early Spring. It is not so far away!
Here is a picture of forsythia and flowering quince just opening up in my house! Enjoy!
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