Well, here we are in late March in Virginia and it’s snowing. And cold and gray with that nasty red Weather Warning crawl running along the bottom of the television screen. So I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and foil Old Man Winter! At least a little bit.
I went out this weekend and cut some branches to force inside. You know how difficult it is to force spring branches, right? Here are the detailed instructions:
1. Cut some branches
2. Plunge them into tepid water
Yes, I know there are much more detailed instructions out there but this is all I do and it works just fine.
I usually harvest quince, forsythia, and crab apple branches. The quince is a particular favorite. I love its Asian quality and how pretty the branches are in any flower arrangement.
The crab apple branches are heavy and long. I use a very tall and narrow vase for them.
They take a bit longer than the forsythia and quince but are so worth the wait:
This being Virginia, it is entirely possible we’ll be cranking up the air conditioning in a week and complaining about the heat. We should be so lucky! In the meantime, enjoy a little spring from my garden to yours: