Forcing forsythia

This is something I look forward to every year: bringing in armloads of forsythia branches, arranging them in vases, and putting them throughout the house. This is one of the most satisfying gardening chores for me. Better than pulling weeds, better than spreading bark. Maybe even better than buying new plants for the garden.

The vase of branches has only been inside for a couple of hours, but the buds are already turning green. Soon the bright yellow blooms will open up, brightening up dark corners and making it seem like spring is just around the corner.

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