A poem by J.F. Conant

He who loves an old house never loves in vain. How can an old house used to sun and rain, to lilac and to larkspur and an elm above-ever fail to answer the heart that gives it love?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Forcing a little springtime beauty...

Here is some advice on forcing flowers from about.com:
The only equipment you need is a sharp pair of pruning shears. Here's how to force forsythia flowers:

  1. Pick a day that is above freezing.
  2. Cut the forsythia stems in lengths of less than 3 feet, and bring them home.
  3. Put the stems in a bucket of warm water.
  4. With your pruning shears, cut another inch off the bottoms of the submerged stems. This second cut, performed underwater where air cannot act as a drying agent, will promote water intake.
  5. Allow the forsythia stems to soak up the warm water for several hours.
  6. Now it's time to change the water. When you refill, put floral preservative in the warm water this time. Once again, re-cut the stems, underwater. You'll speed up the forsythia flower forcing if you keep the stems in a high-humidity environment and give them some sun.
Sometimes you just need a little springtime before it arrives. You know? You can try forcing bloom on woody branches.  In mid-January, you can cut branches of the earliest blooming plants like Nanking cherry, forsythia and witch hazel. In early February you might try redbud, native plum, aspens or birch for their pendulous catkins, and even red maples for their colorful winged samaras and young leaves. By late February, consider apple, crabapple, cherry and plum. To scent your room, you can try late forcing of lilacs or honeysuckle.

If this doesn't work, you might try forcing some spring bulbs.

If you're not up to that, go to the nearest store that sell flowers and treat yourself. A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do!!!


Paula said...

Have you done this? I've thought about it but we start blooming so early around here anyway that I haven't. I already have daffodils blooming and our neighbors have a rhodedendrum bush that's in full bloom alreay. Yeah spring!

Life in the Big Grey Victorian On The Corner said...

I just saw this comment Paula.
I cannot believe you had flowers in Feb.! I just spotted bulbs coming up last week! Lucky you getting an early spring!

And yes, I have done this many times. By the end of February I am so tired of winter and cold I have to do something to force a little spring!!!