a sight for sore eyes

The branches we are forcing are beginning to blossom. They are like a breath of fresh air, especially after a week of snow, sleet, ice, and cold weather.


forcing forsythia


spring green

forcing lilac

The lilacs probably won’t do anything more than make pretty green buds. But the forsythia should be a burst of yellow in a day or two.



  1. Posted February 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    have cut some branches from my red bud tree and tulip tree and have bulbs in the house to force abit of spring into the house on these cold days! You have such wonderful ideas and I love reading your website!

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    MaryAnn, forcing branches was something my mother always did when I was growing up. The red bud branches we brought in are just starting to show some purple budding, so be patient! And let me know what the tulip tree does. I’ve never tried them. ~~Rhonda

  3. Posted February 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    OOOH How I wish that was happening on the trees outside right now! I am so ready to see some GREEN!

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