Although it’s been a very mid winter this year, nothing thrills my soul more than the first sweet whispers of Spring. The warm breezy days that entice the few flowers that are brave enough to push their way through the stark thawing ground. The barren trees that stand naked one day and then magically begin the next dressed in buds that will become intoxicating flowers after a few more weeks of delicious sunshine…
I want it all and I want it now.
So you know what I do this time of year when I’m itching for Spring?
I force forsythia in my foyer.
You should try it. It’s brilliantly simple and splendidly soul satisfying.
First you’ll need to find a forsythia bush. Make sure that you can actually see some buds that have already formed on the branches. Forsythia is some of the first budding-blooming-bushes of Spring, exactly when will vary depending on where you live.
Then, pull on some rubber boots and tromp through the soggy ground with some cutting shears and cut a few branches that you find to be breathtakingly beautiful.
Before you place the beautiful branches into a sturdy vase (that won’t topple over once it’s full of branches), you’ll need to gently tap, tap, tap the woody ends with a hammer.
This will allow the branches to more easily drink up the water. Remember to use warm water. This will also make it easier for the forsythia to drink.
*Note, no forsythia branches were harmed during this photo shoot.*
Next you’ll want to find a warm sunny spot for your forsythia to bask in the golden sunshine. This will encourage the branches to believe that it is indeed time to bloom.
My warm sunny spot happens to be my foyer.
And as you can tell, this charming chap is thrilled to pieces to share his favorite spot with a vase full of forsythia.
This is Oliver. And Oliver loves nothing more than the warm golden sunshine that spills into the foyer as he lounges upon the buffet table.
Sharing it with the forsythia. Not so much.
“Maybe if I ignore the forsythia it will go away.”
Or maybe Oliver will just go away.
Anyway. Back to my forcing of forsythia.
After about a week or so, you’ll begin to see some sweet green peeking out from within the buds.
Then, before you know it, all of the branches will soon be covered in the gorgeous green.
A day or so later, some lovely yellow will appear.
And then the unfurling of the first forsythia flower…
And before you know it…
You’ll have a foyer full.
And that my friends is how you can get a fabulous fan of forsythia in your foyer with or without a finicky feline who is far from farklempt over the fact that he has to share his favorite spot.
Happy almost Spring!