Forcing Forsythia in My Foyer

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!

~Wenderly

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11 Comments

  1. Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! I totally should’ve done this, but my forsythia beat me to the punch. It just bloomed. Will have to remember for next year.

  2. Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I have never done this, but have always wanted to. So lovely!

  3. Posted March 8, 2012 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I love having Forsythia in house in early spring. They’re gorgeous, though I have a challenge my kitty likes to eat them. Beautiful photos and clever writing.

  4. Posted March 8, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    We do this too! But yours is much much prettier.

  5. Posted March 8, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! My favorite spring flower is ranunculus. I just got my first bouquet at the farmer’s market this week so I know spring is right around the corner!

  6. Posted March 8, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Good job with all the f words at the end.
    That is beautiful, I knew that could be done, but your step by step process with photos makes it look easy as pie. Now, if only the bunnies hadn’t eaten my Almond bush, I could do it too.
    My cats would have knocked the vase over. hahaha :-)

  7. Posted March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Forcing forsythia in your foyer? Freaking fabulous! ;)

    I LOVE forsythia…now why don’t I have any planted?!? And, oh, I LOVE Oliver!

  8. Posted March 10, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Just gorgeous! I am so ready for spring!

  9. Posted March 13, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Poor Oliver :( I’ll think he get over it though. He is a beauty and so is your blooming forsythia. I have to keep my eye out for a few sprigs of this. So far, nothing looks even close to blooming around here and I could use some colour real soon :)

  10. Posted March 17, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Forsythia is my favorite. I planted all along the edge of or property when we moved here, and a couple years ago my husband decided to “clean up” some brush and yanked it all out ; ( Wah pooey! Love the pictures and love the early Spring!

  11. Lynne
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tutorial~ I love flowers, but am so hopeless at actually, you know, growing them. I also love the amazing alliteration at the end of this post. Happy Spring!

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