Wednesday, April 6, 2011

forcing yellow

Did you know that if you cut the branches off a forsythia bush, and stick them in water, they will bloom earlier?

Now you do.

I needed a bit of sunshiny yellow.
They seem to be coming along nicely.

21 comments:

  1. Not to gloat, but ours on the coast are blooming on the bush now.

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  2. I cut branches from my forsythia on the 1st of March. They bloomed in a week and are now done. My forsythia was blooming outdoors at this time last year, but it was the earliest spring I remember.

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  3. Mrwriteon: one reason I needed to do this was seeing so many bloggers' photos of their blooming gardens

    Ruth: I remember that early spring... I have a picture of the forsythia that these came off and last year it was the yellowest I had ever seen it.

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  4. Interesting, didn't knew this, is there any specific reason for it

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  5. You can't beat the forsythia's yellow for sure!!
    Enjoy!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  6. Very pretty, I did not know this. take care.

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  7. The forsythia has been blooming like mad over here. We are ahead of you spring wise. It's been pleasant and sunny. I hope it is over there soon also.

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  8. I didn't know about this and I love to try. Nice photo.

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  9. I knew about forsythia (ours is over now) but - the swans! - amazing. It never occurred to me that swans didn't just live outside anywhere. It's presumably a lot colder in winter with you.

    Your blog looks lovely. I will return but must now go and garden in our lovely sunshine (while it lasts).

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  10. That's a great tip! I'm going to go out and cut some today and try it out. Thanks!

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  11. I should have done that - but our forsythia are already gone!

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  12. Nope...I didn’t know it. My forsythia is about finished blooming here, but I did cut stems each day to enjoy here in the house. Thanks for the picture and the info.

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  13. Very nice. Maybe I'll remember to cut a few branches off the bush in my front yard. :)

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  14. I did know this and Ann, yes they do root. I did this very thing and then after they rooted for a couple of weeks planted them and three of the roots took. This year I have a really strong sturdy couple of stems.

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  15. We did the same thing before and they did grow when transplanted!

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  16. oops, I was wrong - I didn't realize they would actually root. if only I had a garden...
    thanks for that input!

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