I know many of you are blanketed in snow, and part of me wants to be frolicking in a big pile of it right now. Yet out here on the west coast, we’ve been blessed with a hint of spring. I was in a euphoric trance this morning as I walked through Lowe’s garden department. Rows and rows of tulips and daffodils. Oodles of fresh new plants budding for spring !
It’s still cold around here, but the cherry blossom trees have just started to bud. Just two days ago, I clipped a few branches off our mature cherry blossom tree, then I brought some branches indoors to force them to bloom.
I’ve never had real cherry blossoms budding in my house – I’ve always enjoyed the fakes from Pier One. But these beautiful pink blossoms are making me smile today.
“They’re real, and they’re spectacular.”
I simply followed these steps by Better Homes & Gardens.
1) Clip pencil size branches that have small buds with a pruner; 2) Strip buds and small branches from bottom where lower part will be in water; 3) Peel away a bit of bark from the base to assist in water absorption, and place in a warm spot in your home. That would be the kitchen window in my house.
Isn’t it amazing what a few blooms can do to chase away the winter blues ?
Here’s a few more photos of forced branches just to get you even more excited for the arrival of spring.
Ah, spring. It just can’t come fast enough, can it ?
Have you ever used the force ?