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Despite the (slightly) milder weather and lovely sunshine, things look pretty drab outside. So, while Mother Nature sorts herself out after this long winter, I’m going to bring a little sunshine indoors by forcing some forsythia branches. You can do this with any early spring deciduous bloomer, like dogwood, cherry and magnolia.
Simply head outside with a pair of nice, sharp pruners and select your branches. Be sure not to take them all from one spot. Cut the branches longer than you need and bring them inside. Fill your vase with warm water, and trim the branches to size. Before arranging them in the vase, make some small cuts up the ends or give the base of each branch a little smush with a hammer. Place the vase in indirect sunlight. It will take anywhere from one to three weeks for the wee buds to bloom.
* What do you like to force each spring?